Back to the Future

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s President Elect, sums up his world outlook in three quotes:

We did not have a revolution to have a democracy

Relations with the United States are not a cure for our ills

Access to nuclear technology is Iran’s inalienable right and the world ought to recognise these rights

His compatriots had their own responses. One Tehran office worker declared: “We’re going back 20 years in history.” Another said more simply: “Tomorrow I start growing a beard.”