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Iran’s War, and Ours, From Gaza to Caracas

August 6th, 2014 - 8:34 am

Machiavelli considered tyranny the most unstable form of government, and the Tehran regime exemplifies tyranny’s fragility.  Given a free choice, the Iranian people would remove the mullahcracy, and a freely chosen government would rein in the terror war now being waged against the West.  That would change the entire world.  It would strike at the heart of the global alliance that seeks our destruction. (Russia, another key element, is now scrambling to bust the remaining petroleum sanctions on Iran, having negotiated some sort of deal in recent days.  And the foreign minister of Venezuela, yet another keystone, has just embraced Rouhani in Tehran, promising yet-closer strategic cooperation)

Freedom in Iran requires Western political support, and at the moment there is no sign that any major Western leader will lead a campaign for it.  As time passes, the chances of peaceful change become slimmer and slimmer, and the chances of our being drawn into yet another round of military action become greater.

There is no inevitability to Western involvement in the increasingly bloody fighting. It will have been the result of failed leadership from Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Merkel and the others.  Lest we forget, Canada and Australia have at least rhetorically defended the honor of the Western world.  Let’s hope that a new generation of European and American leaders emerges soon enough for the political option to get a chance.

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Now this is what I would like to see - an Iranian/Persian revolt specifically against Islam, the 'religion' created by degenerate Arabs to, among other things, kill and enslave Persians.
8 weeks ago
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there is no moral equivalence between the shah and khomeini.
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Lets not kid ourselves, the Iranian Ayatollahs may stay in power for years just as the USSR lasted over 70 years. In the mean time, their tentacles are all around us, and their evil is spreading all over the world. We need to recognize that democracy itself is new, and already failing. Maybe the Greeks new more about it since their voters were restricted by money and class. Sometimes our voters are so ignorant of the issues that it hurts just to hear them talk. In our democracy, people have already voted for national suicide.
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Thank you Michael for praising Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott.

Therefore, in the meantime, there is work to be done for those two, until leaders with brass ones, or spines, show up in London, Berlin, Paris, etc.

I'm curious as to what you think of Mudar Zahran, and what he has to say about the Jordanian King, and how he is on better terms with Hezbollah & the MB, but not with ISIS.

Thanks.
7 weeks ago
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Obama cares about Iranian nuclear technology. He encouraged them to develop it. Iran was singled out , invited specifically in Obamas Cairo speech, to develop nuclear power. Why are you so shocked?
7 weeks ago
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It is just as the Iranian fanatic regime says; "that nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes, for generate electricity and provide fuel for Medical reactors." But as we know, any nuclear technology requires a quantity of uranium powder in order to provide fuel for Reactors.
Saddam Hussain regime also had tons of kind of uranium concentrate powder, which obtained from chemical processing and leach solutions, where used in the preparation of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors. Of course this material "alone" is not considered potent quality enough to manufacture a nuclear weapon, but can be enriched at higher levels to make a "Dirty Bomb."

As usual their nuclear programs is only for peaceful purposes, but they do NOT allow the inspectors of U.N. and IAEA inspectors to go to other sites.
7 weeks ago
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Machiavelli considered tyranny the most unstable form of government, and the Tehran regime exemplifies tyranny’s fragility.

With all due respect to Machiavelli and Dr. Ledeen, the mullahs have been in charge of Iran since 1978; that's 36 years. This doesn't seem particularly fragile to me.

When Lenin seized power in Russia late in 1917, foreigners on the scene were convinced the Bolsheviks wouldn't last more than two or three weeks and said as much in dispatches back to their home countries. The Communists surprised everyone by surviving until 1991, roughly twice as long as the allegedly "fragile" regime in Iran has already lasted. The Bolsheviks fought a nasty civil war at the very beginning, alienated a great percentage of their countrymen, fought a variety of insurrections and foreign interventions, and managed to endure for a very long time in a world that was largely hostile to them, especially in their early years. They even managed to expand their territory and their influence on the rest of the world proved very substantial indeed, both ideologically and via direct interference in foreign affairs.

While I'd love to see the Iranian people freed from their tyranny, is it truly realistic to think that a little bit of moral support from the West would be all that is required to overthrow the mullahs and let a secular democracy emerge?
7 weeks ago
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Today Al-Qaeda offshoot under the banner of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized the northeast of Syria and much of northern Iraq. The Terrorism State's rise is only the West's fault, it's because of the weakness and the complicity of the West to evil.
All of this devastating threat came from the Shiite and Sunni alike; Iranians are provide funding, arming and training Shiite militant proxy groups inside Iraq and Syria, Israel and Lebanon, and very likely in the northeast of Africa. Let alone pro-evil Latin States.
The Sunni powerful states also do the same thing in the same areas, except possibly Latin America, but strong financial support into USA, yes.

The most shameful thing is that the USA and the West have abandoned the oil-rich area for the most evil terrorist groups on the surface of the earth. it is an vital economic and important strategic area to the entire western world because the Oil is the lifeblood and the most important energy source at large, and the lifeblood of western economies and affluence and basic supply to continuing the western prosperity, in particular the USA, this thing should not be excluded from mind! Today in our region approx 3/4 of global fortune and resources (Oil) is under Islamist fascists footfall and the terror masters, it is under the domination of the evil regimes and the extreme fundamentalism communities, whom horribly hating and despise the West and its great values. While the rest of fortune in the hands of the Leaders of madness who are member of axis of pro-evil states anti-the USA.
So I believe that most of the Western leaders today have no a clear conscience!?
7 weeks ago
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I was wondering, if claque was a portmanteau of clique and plaque that you had coined. I see however that it is a long established word.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claque

I like the definition of the word as a portmanteau. It reeks of disease and the junta in Tehran is a blight upon the world.
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good one tim! and well said.
8 weeks ago
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Lets not kid ourselves, the Iranian Ayatollahs may stay in power for years just as the USSR lasted over 70 years. In the mean time, their tentacles are all around us, and their evil is spreading all over the world. We need to recognize that democracy itself is new, and already failing. Maybe the Greeks new more about it since their voters were restricted by money and class. Sometimes our voters are so ignorant of the issues that it hurts just to hear them talk. In our democracy, people have already voted for national suicide.
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Iran's tentacles are all around us? Take a look at a map of U.S. military bases some time friend; Iran is literally surrounded by American military forces. Nor has Iran launched an invasion of another country in something like 200 years. Meanwhile, America is a global empire that has invaded most of the world, in one way or another. From the perspective of other civilizations with different values, it is America that has spread its tentacles everywhere and is bent upon strangling anyone who doesn't bow to its power. We like to use words like "freedom", "democracy" and "free markets" to justify our imperialism, but only the rubes fall for that line any more. America is the leading empire and the only real friend of Israel in the world; Iran, Russia and China don't want to bow to US/Israel hegemony -- hence people like the author's relentless campaigns to demonize and attack them. So you might want to check in with reality from time to time before making these absurd claims...
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Doctor NoTruth,
Your government murders your own people.

Iran is number one.... at executing its own citizens. And in oppression.
So yes, we have different values. Ours is freedom. Yours is submission.
You don't like that we oppose that? Tough.

And if your country hasn’t invaded anyone in over 200 years, it isn’t for lack of trying, or lack of sending and funding assassins and terrorists throughout the world. Don’t mistake pathetic military ability for lack of evil, murderous intent.

By the way, your murderers in Gaza just got hammered.
7 weeks ago
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Doctor Nope: If America were as you say, we'd have long ago secured all the oil resources in the Middle East, which would take us about 17 minutes. I couldn't disagree with your characterization more. Had we not interviened in WWII and stopped the USSR after that, the world would be in considerably worse shape than it is now. We force NOBODY to bow to us anymore, and have not done so for decades, if ever. I would question your knowledge of modern history if you think we are Imperalist. Imperalists take what they want with no care for the mess they leave behind. No fair readig of our history comes anywhere close to fitting that pattern.
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I prefer American power to Iranian one. Maybe you have different tastes. Iran is very active around the world through its military intelligence, and has organized many attacks, some of them against diplomats, others against journalists and others still against random civilians, such as the Argentinian community center bombing that killed hundreds of Argentinian Jews. They are dangerous whether you know it or not, and are not interested in western style values whatsoever.

They have also repeatedly attacked Israel and Lebanon through their Hezbollah militia.
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Whatever happened to Iraq and Afghanistan, once liberated, being partners in peace, allies in the war on terror, and shinning examples for the rest of the middle east? Is that now finally all out and the new "Great White Hope" is Iran?
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"Iranians generally do not love the Arabs, and don’t want their men sacrificed for an Arab “cause” of whatever doctrinal convictions"

The Iranians think they are superior to the Arabs yet they submit to Islam, an Arab religion. Strange bunch.
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yes, and they know full well Islam is an Arab product...those who are in opposition hate that, too.
8 weeks ago
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Now this is what I would like to see - an Iranian/Persian revolt specifically against Islam, the 'religion' created by degenerate Arabs to, among other things, kill and enslave Persians.
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It will never happen. People flock to Islam because they're in love with the idea of being allowed to commit divinely-sanctioned killings whenever they want, for almost any possible reason they could want.

Like Muslims always say : "We love death more than you love life!"

Islam appeals to mankind's darkest, most primal urge. The urge to kill.
7 weeks ago
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"If Khamenei and Rouhani were confident of popular support, they wouldn’t be arresting, torturing and killing so many Iranians."

It's a good thing the Ayatollahs overthrew the Shah, then, to prevent all that arresting torturing, and killing going on back in the day.
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there is no moral equivalence between the shah and khomeini.
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I gave it a like for sarcasm, I do hope it was sarcastic.

The Shah was a brilliant patriot and humanitarian.
The Arabs sent an Arabist Lenin because he proposed a non-Arab Muslim trade bloc; non-Arab Muslim populations greatly outnumber Arab Muslims, and the Arabs allow no competitors.
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Dr. Ledeen,

I think you meant "rein in" rather than: a freely chosen government would reign in the terror war. Although the latter can be read contextually, as well.

You can remove this comment if you wish to.
8 weeks ago
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quite right and thanks for flagging it. will now fix.
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