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Talking Cure For A Conflicted Minister?

Tehran's top nuclear negotiator, Said Jalili, may well have "meandered" and dissembled at nuclear talks in Geneva -- and hints at further sanctions suggest the sextet saw it that way. So Jalali might not be the West's ideal choice for a negotiating partner.

But here's a video that gives us a pretty good idea why Tehran has Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki watching from the sidelines. (The clip was originally brought to Western attention by MEMRITV, a project of The Middle East Media Research Institute, and you can watch MEMRITV's longer version here; but it's also getting YouTube play.)

A Freudian slip, perhaps. Or an example of the oft-quoted line by the father of psychoanalysis: "Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief."

-- Andy Heil

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