IRAN - DUPLICITY OR DIPLOMACY ?
Iran's complex internal political dynamic which is entirely unlike Iraq under Saddam's personalized totalitarian regime, makes it difficult to assess the extent to which any constructive move on nuclear issues or terrorism indicates sincerity or a simple concession by the hardliners to play for time until they can regain undisputed authority over moderate reformist Islamists and pro-democracy activists.
Two articles posted on Iranexpert.com exemply this dichotomy. The first is a a story regarding al Qaida suspect extraditions from Iran
to third countries and the second is a hardline threat to renege on Iran's nuclear concessions to the IAEA.
, something that hardliners bitterly had opposed and only agreed to after the EU foregn ministers visit on the eve of the October 31 deadline.