Saturday, July 29, 2006

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Iranian Backing Of Hezbollah Overblown?


It is "unrealistic to think that Iran somehow controls Hezbollah" -- Anthony Cordesman, a senior analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (BBC). Iran's strategy "is to continuously defy the U.S. but stop short of trapping itself in a military confrontation it knows it cannot win" -- Trista Parsi, a Middle East specialist at Johns Hopkins University. The "top leadership in Tehran is focused on settling the nuclear issue diplomatically, and fears that if the mess in Lebanon spreads, Iran's thorny negotiation track with the West could be derailed altogether" -- Azadeh Moaveni, Time.


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