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Reaction to Amir Taheri's "Iran's Troubling Opposition" in WSJ?

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Submitted by John in Michigan, USA (United States), Jun 24, 2009 at 15:50

Excellent timing! Here is Dr. Pipes article, and on the same day, we have Amir Taheri suggesting, not so fast. Let the debate begin!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121443801483605361.html

I would be very interested in Dr. Pipes response to Mr. Taheri's points.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Not the same day - a year earlier.

Taheri writes that the MeK "is not the force for democratic change it claims to be." But my desire for the West to work with the MeK is not conditioned by the MeK being a democratic force. I don't know if it would be one or not.

My focus, rather, is on finding significant Iranian allies with which to combat the regime of the mullahs. The MeK stand out as the best organized and most determined force in the opposition.

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