Trita Parsi, the head of the National Iranian American Council and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, believes the Bush administration has been persuaded to act now, not as a result simply of Iran's purported nuclear ambitions, but because Washington perceives that Iran has emerged as a regional power. "The Bush administration has so undermined the US's influence that Iran has become a contender for dominance - at least in the eyes of the US. There is a major push-back against Iran. The problem is that it ... will not fix Iraq," he said.
Which certainly chimes with what Galloway's been saying recently. Two years ago, when Tariq Ali felt inclined to grace us with his presence at rallies, insisted the Iraq invasion could not have gone ahead without the say-so of the Iranian government. I've found the Iran 'issue' to be the cutting edge of agitation. It's what people are thinking about, at least consciously anti-war people, and they are worried. If Saturday's demo gets enough air under it it should really take off.