Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Voices in Tehran
There was no surprise in
But traveling around
To be clear, there was plenty of anger about how Bush has not changed strategy despite the latest report from the National Intelligence, which said Iran had stopped nuclear weapons work in 2003 was vindication.
As 40-year-old shopkeeper Majid said: "It made me feel American politicians, who want to run the world, are betraying everyone."
And those we go to for analysis, university professors here, said that by Bush not changing strategy, Ahmadinejad only gains.
"George Bush could have been more conciliatory, which he wasn't, and now Ahmadinejad can turn to Iranian people, can turn to the Arab people, can turn to the Muslim people, can turn to the world and say this man has something against us," one professor said.
The vast majority of Iranians don't want a conflict with the
It seems rather a battle between duelling presidents at the moment with their citizens stuck in between.
I also heard something I didn't expect here, when I sat down with 65-year-old Mehdi. "We also have the right to not insist on some of our rights. And if Iranian politicians left enrichment alone, maybe the economic situation here would improve. The sanctions at least would end," he said.
It's unlikely that'll happen, and after this report, Mehdi's view is an even rarer voice, but vindication has given way to hope that the world will now see Iran, not through the eyes of George Bush, but through the eyes of the Iranian people.
-- From Aneesh Raman, CNN International Correspondent, in
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