"These "hard-line" attitudes dramatically change, however, as part of a potential deal with the United States. More than 70 percent of Iranians favor providing full access to inspectors and a guarantee not to develop or possess nuclear weapons, in return for outside aid and investment. In another consistent trend over the past two years, 77 percent of Iranians also back normal relations and trade with the United States." (Z: wait...two YEARS? I thought the media's spinning that THE ONE's personality is what's bringing hard liners around?) ....continued article clip:
"Indeed, as part of a deal with the United States, 54 percent of Iranians would endorse the Iranian government ending support for Iraqi militias instead of providing military assistance. Rather than supporting the destruction of the state of Israel, as they do now, as part of a deal with the United States, a majority of Iranians would even favor recognizing the state of Israel."
"Greater democracy, economic progress and good relations with the United States are the ultimate goals for most Iranians." I wish the American media talked about this more. To CNN's credit, Christiane Amanpour did have to admit, this morning as she walked among the streams of anti-hardline marchers, that the Iranians do want to be in better understanding with the United States, but I'm sure I'm not the only American who hasn't read much on any of the above sentiments. Got to rely on the German press, I guess.
Z: I'll be hoping I see some from Iran on my sitemeter as they Google for World Opinion: If I was that lucky (some of you with sitemeters have seen the amazing response from around the world to your blogs, right!?), I'd say this: "We are behind you, Iran, we want you to have a peace loving leader who also wants detente....we know Persians in America who are nothing like your hard liners, we encourage your women, and we urge you to vote against Ahmedinejad."
Speaking of WOMEN, please read THIS ARTICLE from Spiegel Online about the one woman who COULD bring Iran, once a thriving, sophisticated country, back into the 21st century as an American ally. We can only hope.