Roger Cohen, The New York Times | February 9, 2009
The upcoming Iranian election is a critical one: the big question is whether the new president will seek to normalize relations with the West. ++ The former reformist President Khatami disappointed reform aspirations and the current president is criticized for his economic policy but his popularity is thriving. ++ America should avoid aggressive confrontation. ++ “Given that Ahmadinejad thrives on confrontation,” a policy which steers clear of it would give support to the reformist and pragmatic element in Iran.