What to do about Iran?

Amongst the many challenges facing the new administration is Iran.  What should they do?  Will Ward, who knows Iran very well, begins a series of  posts looking into future policy on Iran.  Check it out.

Maybe it is wishful thinking….

Yesterday, I posted  about Dia Rashwan’s call for Egyptian opposition parties to unite and reach a common position against Inheritance (ie Gamal Mubarak taking over for his dad). 

Its true, as one commenter noted, that the Egyptian opposition is divided and any coordination will be difficult.  But are there differences so deep that they can’t reach a common stance against Tawreeth, something they can all generally agree on?  The giant brawl that occured at the headquarters of the Ghad party a few days ago, suggests that even this might be a  stretch:

CAIRO: Thirty-five Ghad party members were questioned by the public prosecution office Thursday following clashes between rival Ghad factions outside the party’s downtown headquarters.  A fire which began in the headquarters during the clashes resulted in 60 percent of it being destroyed, according to Wael Nawwara, head of the party’s executive committee.

On Thursday morning at roughly 10 am supporters of Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who is contesting leadership of Al Ghad, congregated in Talat Harb Square below the party headquarters where Gamila Ismail, wife of ex-party chairman Ayman Nour and others had convened to hold a general assembly.

An ongoing power struggle within the Ghad party began after Nour’s imprisonment, when he was stripped of the party’s presidency.

Eyewitnesses to Thursday’s events say that the two groups threw bottles and rocks at each other.  A group of men was photographed using lit aerosol cans to try and destroy the door and force their way into the locked building.  Fire broke soon after the clashes began, with both sides blaming each other for causing it.

If the Ghad party is so divided that they can’t even pick a leader without a full-fledged barroom brawl, how can they even begin to talk about negotiations with other parties?  First things first, right?  On the other hand, a cynic might wonder if the  NDP is playing divide and conquer, in fact, that’s exactly what some of the people in the Ghad party are saying.  To this, I’m sure Rashwan would respond by saying this is why it’s critical we reach a united anti-Inheritance front.