Friday, July 14, 2006

What will those who appeal to Iran's large mass of moderation do now?

Polls can be misleading, and Zogby's results have been questionable before, so the results below probably paint a picture of Iran that is prettier than the truth would warrant. Still, it is a stunning admission: One in three want Iran to become more conservative and religious. Two in three agree that Israel should not exist.

Even those who do not want the country more devoutly Muslim want Israel destroyed. Why? When was the last time Israel attacked Iran? Apparently, Ahmadinejad is a man of the people.

So much for the large mass of moderate Iranians. From Iranians Say Israel Shouldn't Exist:
Iranians said they believe their country should lead the region 'diplomatically and militarily' — 56 percent supported this view, and only 12 percent said their country should not be the dominant regional power. Nearly equal percentages of respondents want Iran to become more secular and liberal (31 percent) as want the country to become more religious and conservative (36 percent).

On one question, Iranians showed almost total agreement, regardless of age or gender. When asked if the state of Israel is illegitimate and should not exist, 67 percent agreed and only 9 percent disagreed.