Jalili is a firm loyalist of Ahmadinejad and his spiritual guide, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi. Mesbah believes Iran requires nuclear weapons in an Islamic global war that would finally demonstrate the Shi'ite claim of divine right.
GERTZ:Saeed Jalili believes he is negotiating to maintain Iran's nuclear weapons program from a position of strength. Unlike his predecessor, Ali Larijani, Jalili believes that nuclear weapons are the key to the Armegeddon that will usher in the Shi'ite messiah.
Larijani was replaced because of his criticism of Teheran's nuclear policy and the hardline approach of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Oh, so Larijani is a MODERATE?
Jalili does not have that problem. He is a firm loyalist of Ahmadinejad and his spiritual guide, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi. Mesbah believes Iran requires nuclear weapons in an Islamic global war that would finally demonstrate the Shi'ite claim of divine right.
"This [Jalili] is a man not paid to think but to repeat the same Iranian mantra," a Western intelligence source said.
Jalili lost his leg in the Iran-Iraq war and soon became a devout follower of the mullah regime who rejected material benefits, such as a luxury cars. Over the last two years, Jalili, who received a doctorate from Imam Sadegh University in Teheran, has been regarded as a key adviser to Ahmadinejad on foreign affairs, particularly relations with the United States and Venezuela.
Indeed, earlier this year Jalili, a former IRGC senior officer, urged Ahmadinejad to write an 18-page letter to President George Bush that sought to justify Iran's nuclear program and domination of the Gulf. The letter referred to the messianic philosophy held by many supporters of Ahmadinejad.
Under Ahmadinejad, membership in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has become a virtual requirement to attain a senior position in government.
Who believes that these guys can be deterred in any way from obtaining nuclear weapons?
Who believes that these guys can be deterred from FIRST USE, either via Hizballah or outright?