“It is not [a signs of] nationalism when Cyrus is praised, he has done a good deed which needs to be acknowledged. And we are proud that he is Iranian.”
The above statement is from Ahmadinejd. Even when out of sheer desperation and/or necessity Islamists try to act nationalistic, it comes across as phony as a two dollar bill. Rather than being proud of their national heritage, it is something they apologize and make excuses to justify for showing any feelings for it. It seems to be Like water and oil not mixing, there is no getting away from the fact that Islamist and nationalism do not mix. Even when a clueless like Mehdi Bazargan tried to be both, Islamist and nationalist, at the same time, they tend to err on the side of Islamist than nationalist. My question is could one ever be both, an Islamist and nationalist at the same time and stay true to both opposing dogmas?