A win for Hezbollah and its allies Sunday would tip the region’s balance of power toward Iran.
While they expect action, many warmed to words that bespoke a knowledge and appreciation of Islamic culture.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced off against one of his three opponents, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Wednesday night in the second of six debates leading up to June 12 elections.
The president addressed extremism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, women's rights, and nuclear proliferation, among other topics.
'The absence in his speech of any bellicose threats to Iran stands in stark contrast to his predecessor,' says a Muslim politician in Birmingham.
Obama criticized Holocaust deniers. But Ayatollah Khamenei praised US effort at a "new image."
A new tone can defuse 'residual anger' among Muslims over the Iraq war, but it's likely to hit its limits in dealing with Iran.