There have been mixed signals coming from Iran. The country is prepared for new talks on its nuclear program with the United States and other world powers. The Obama administration has given Iran until the end of this month to respond to its overtures.
But on Friday, at an annual political event known as Quds Day to show solidarity with the Palestinian cause, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made some harsh comments about Israel and the West, calling the Holocaust “a lie.”
The event brought out tens of thousands of demonstrators for — and against — the government.
Do you think the Obama administration is making a mistake by engaging Ahmadinejad?
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Ervand Abrahamian, a distinguished professor of history at the City University of New York, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the state of the protest movement in Iran and talks about the country’s nuclear program.
For more, view our Voices of Iran extended coverage page and listen to our online radio show on Baha’i faith and modern Iran.
09/21/2009 :: 06:43:34 AM
Ahmadinejad is a provocateur. He deliberately distorts history to provoke. He has also proven himself to a tin-pot dictator. He has united the opposition in Iran by harshly trying to crush demonstrators. I believe he come to an unfortunate end.