Think about this statementÂ by Dr. Lewis:
I am told now that in Iran most recently, support has virtually disappeared for the nuclear program. Previously it had some support, but it is now increasingly being realized that this is a method of strengthening the regime, which means that it is bad.
Ahmadinehad depends on popular support for his position. So, whyÂ does he push a program thatÂ upsetsÂ everyone outside of Iran,Â and isÂ only supported by a few inside Iran? (And is beginning to upset people IN Iran?)
IranÂ currently suffers under terrible economic conditions, yet Ahmadinejad pushes ahead withÂ an expensive nuclear program – and buys expensive weapons systems to protect it. Why would he jeopadize what little is left of the Iranian economy forÂ what he claims is aÂ symbol of Iranian pride?
Iran has already been offered luxurious financialÂ inducements, along with aÂ set of purely civilian nuclear reactors – as long as heÂ promised not toÂ dip his hand into the nuclear enrichmentÂ cookieÂ jar. But, he hasn’t taken the bait. Want to ask me why?
Let me give you a hint:Â the answer doesn’t have anything to do with the productionÂ of electricity.
You can read more comments by Dr. Lewis in The Jerusalem PostÂ article here: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1167467860507&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull