Is it rational to view its regime as rational?
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Against the background of intensive co-operation over recent months between Iran and al Qaeda — with a view to conducting a joint attack against Western targets overseas…Iran has significantly stepped up its investment, maintenance and improvement of operational and intelligence ties with the al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan in recent months.
Western refusal to come to grips with the fanatic nature of the mullahs’ regime has a long pedigree. Such facts as Ahmadinejad’s fervent belief in the Mahdi — the mystical Shiite redeemer whose arrival, he believes, can be hastened with violent chaos — will not impress those determined not to be impressed by them.
But in trying to get Israel — smack in the Middle East and with much direct experience of it — to wait contentedly for Tehran to apply “cost-benefit” calculations, the Obama administration has its work cut out for it.