Knox professor: Obama right to keep distance on Iranian election

From the Peoria Journal Star:

A Knox College professor who is the co-author of a textbook on the Middle East said Wednesday Iran’s form of government makes it extremely difficult to predict what may happen as protests continue in the streets over Friday’s presidential election.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the overwhelming winner.

Roy Andersen, a professor of economics at Knox, said confusing the situation even more is opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

“The defeated candidate himself is a hard-liner,” Andersen said. “So it isn’t like he’s a great reformist, at least by history. Although he seems to be moving that way.”

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