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Many Iranians worry about war, economic conditions

Ron Brynaert
Published: Saturday April 15, 2006

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Although most take pride in Iran's recent claim that it had joined the 'nuclear club,' many Iranians are worried about war and economic conditions, according to current articles by the Associated Press and Britain's The Independent, RAW STORY has found.

On Friday, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked the "Zionist regime" in Israel for harming "the dignity of Islamic nations" and declared that it was "heading toward annihilation."

But ordinary Iranians quoted in both articles question the President's hard-line tactics and, along with fearing a United States invasion, are also angered about the country's economy.

"Ahmadinejad has forgotten why he won the presidential vote," one student tells the Associated Press. "The needy voted for him because he promised to bring bread to people's homes but nothing good has been done to improve living standards."

"Mr Ahmadinejad means well, but he's not experienced and this is just causing us problems," a former Revolutionary Guard turned taxi driver tells The Independent. "It's getting very dangerous."

Reporting for The Independent, Angus McDowall and Raymond Whitaker suggest that Iran's President is milking the entire situation "to overshadow his unpopularity on other matters" at home including the economic costs of sanctions.

"All the foreign banks now are too worried about the political situation and have just stopped lending," a foreign banker in Tehran tells the Independent. "That's having a really big impact on all the major industrial projects that Iran is trying to carry out."

"Previously, I went to work four days a week," a construction worker tells the Associated Press. "Now, not more than two days. Recession is everywhere."

"The more Ahmadinejad confronts the international community, the more power he may show to his public in the short term but deny Iran a good life among world nations in the long term," an international relations professor in Iran tells the Associated Press.

The full Associated Press article, "Not all in Iran back President's rhetoric," by Ali Akbar Dareindi can be read at this link.

The full Independent article, "Inside the real Iran," can be read at this link.