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Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, a senior commander of Iran's feared Revolutionary Guard (photo: dpa)

Iran ruling elite turns a deaf ear to moderates over foreign policy choices

Do politicians and defence experts in the West really understand the nature and thinking of Iran’s powerful political elite over the nuclear weapons debate and its foreign policy choices? There is an assumption that a pragmatic, moderate and influential faction exists in Iran which can sway its ruling class. But the current Iranian leadership is driven by a combination of Persian nationalistic and Shia sectarian dogma, rather than enlightened self-interest. And it seems that Tehran believes war would not only strengthen its position but that it is in the regime's long-term interests.

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 Bernard Siman
It is this critical balance between pragmatism on the international scene and nationalistic and sectarian fervour that is now lacking in the current Iranian leadership
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