Bernard Lewis: Is he serious?
I am not one to have much restraint when it comes to Bernard Lewis. Even so, I am absolutely stunned by his Op-Ed in today's WSJ, August 22. The Iranians, claims Lewis, cannot be deterred by the usual mutually assured destruction mumbo-jumbo:
There is a radical difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran's present rulers. This worldview and expectation, vividly expressed in speeches, articles and even schoolbooks, clearly shape the perception and therefore the policies of Ahmadinejad and his disciples.The goverment, Lewis contends, is in the hands of religious nuts who preach a unique brand of eschatology. Oh wait. Wrong goverment.
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Juan Antonio Hervada Gim?nez - 8/16/2006
As an argument to refute Mr. Lewis' analysis, yours appears more than a bit flimsy.
I witnesed the Iranian revolution back in 79 and since then I have been several times in Iran. I may disagree with a number of Mr. Lewis' appreciations on the Islamic world, but on this one I have to agree that he's got it quite right.