Parallels

Mousavi = Obama?

Maybe the protesters don't mind President Obama speaking up on their behalf as much as U.S. commentators thought. After all, a spokesman for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi seems comfortable explicitly comparing the two politicians over their foreign policy—and Ahmadinejad to his hated foil, President Bush. "Now that [the United States] has Obama, we have our Bush here [in Iran]," the spokesman told Foreign Policy. "In order to resolve the problems between the two countries, we should have two Obamas on the two sides. It doesn't mean that everything depends on these two people, but this is one of the main factors."