Looks like it's not all wine and roses in the Iranian economy either. Unfortunately for them, their economy isn't as broadly diversified and as free as America's.

Ahmadinejad is expected to run for a second term in Iran's next presidential election, slated to take place early in 2009. His reformist rivals are expected to attack him especially on his economic policies.

Iran suffers from a rising consumer price index, high percentage of unemployment and an inflation of 26 percent.

Ahmadinejad's radicalism is the duct tape that's holding the Iranian state together. Without the Islamic nationalism he foments Iran would collapse from within. As the situation deteriorates, demographic forces will push Iran towards regional imperialism, which will force the West to fight to stop it.

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