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December 17, 2005

What To Do About Iran

by Kevin

Iran’s Holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad most recent rhetoric is bring comdemnation from the Europeans. In addition, the rhetorical battle between Iran and Israel has reached new levels of belligerence. There is also the potential that Iran could develop nuclear weapons and there is the long standing ties to terrorism. The big question is what do we do about Iran?

Iran’s ties to terrorism alone make it a threat to the United States. Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology, on its own does not make it threat, because it is entitled to nuclear technology for peaceful means under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. When you combine Iran’s nuclear ambitions with its ties to terrorism and rhetoric against Israel, then you have problems. The United States cannot launch a full scale invasion for the simple reason that it would be impossible to gain public support for it. That leaves one option left that is to support the Iranian resistance and its fight against the ayatollahs.

What the US needs to do is gather all opposition movements against the ayatollahs and bring them somewhere so they can set up a government and army in exile. Then, Green Berets and guns need to dropped for those in Iran who want to fight the regime. In addition, all Iranian opposition movements that are classified as terrorist organizations need to be taken off the terrorist organizations list. Finally, when the uprising does occur against the Iranian regime, the US needs to be there with air support. The policy must be regime change, but it must be the Iranians themselves who must change their regime.

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  1. Something else to consider in favor of a popular revolution rather than an external invasion is that, while I don’t pretend to be an expert on Iran, everything that I’ve read seems to indicate that while the Iranian people despise the current theocracy, they are also fiercely nationalistic, and an external invasion would do more harm than good, in contrast to the invasion of Iraq. In Iran, we very well could see a real guerrilla campaign develop in the face of an invasion, as opposed to the relatively mild insurgency that has been going on in Iraq.

    That, and the fact that the Army is not going to be in any kind of shape for another nation building exercise once we are done (hopefully around this time next year) in Iraq.

    All that said, (wow, this is going to be a long comment), something we need to remember is that the U.S. has a long history of supporting opposition movements, only to leave them hanging (literally). It will be imperative to ensure that this does not happen this time; it will also be difficult to convince the Iranian opposition groups to come out in open opposition to the Iranian government. After all, they will have not forgotten what we did to the Shi’ites in ’91 and the Kurdish opposition lead by Chalabi in the late nineties.

    I’m not saying its impossible; just bringing up possible problem areas.

    Comment by Mike — December 18, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

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