In a Live Chat at NPR, some Iran experts tease out the subtleties of the oh-so-nuanced Iranian chant: “Death to America.”
Steve Inskeep: . . . Are there Iranian leaders who really MEAN it when they say ‘Death to America,’ and others who don’t and would like an accomodation?
Hooman Majd: Yes, there are those who mean it. I think they’re in the tiny minority.
Azadeh Moaveni: That’s exactly right, Steve. Everyone has to say it, more or less heatedly, but behind the scenes [leaders hold] very different positions regarding how to actually conduct relations with the US.
Maybe Obama can pick the right mullah to approach by gauging the amount of foam on the death-chanter’s lips.