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Submitted by Werner (United States), Aug 1, 2005 at 20:12

The soft power should have the aim to overthrow the regime in Iran and enable the people to build a democracy. there is a time frame to it as the possibility of building the first atomic bomb is not far away.

For the regime it is a win win situation, if the US doesn't destroy their sites then they have an atomic bomb, if the US destroys the site they have somebody to blame all the bad things in Iran for. (And mit Ahmedinejad it will go worse).

Sanctions don't work very well but anyway they should be applied, technology support must be cut off by all means, Iranian oil should be boycotted,UN organizations should work on them and increase pressure. An MAD Strategy should be established and pronounced through all free publications which are available.

An exile government should be established with as much democratic legitimation as possible and should be supported as much as possible and given weight. Money should flow to all kinds of oppositions in Iran, charitable Organizations should be established on the borders to Iran for Iranians who want to flee, psy-ops should increase in frequency and force, names of thugs should be published through free radio stations, Turks should increase their military on the borders to Iran, support for Kurds, Arabs, Kash Kai etc in IRan should be increased, opposition groups in the west could be supported, fundamental Islam should be critized, weapons should be smuggled into Iran, Ideas of revolution should be brought under the people until they think in those terms,promotion of democracy and a stronger stand for critics, and so on.

There is a lot one can do without going to war.

greetings

Werner

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Title Commenter Date Thread
iranian situation [168 words]nick wrightAug 15, 2005 02:5624642
Iran already has nuclear weapons [357 words]Norm GrantAug 11, 2005 21:4624585
Response to Asim [250 words]No dhimmiAug 8, 2005 00:3424416
Further Comment [313 words]Peter J. HerzAug 7, 2005 01:4524404
Answer to Asim [389 words]WernerAug 3, 2005 22:2824322
Answer to Iran [176 words]Tony AAug 3, 2005 20:5724317
Monty islamists are after epople like you [108 words]Asim AhmedAug 3, 2005 19:2524312
no nuclear war -Iran already has bomb [259 words]haydarJan 8, 2006 21:4424312
Soft power [277 words]WernerAug 1, 2005 20:1224198
USA – playing for the mullahs! [127 words]John MAug 1, 2005 19:4724196
Soft-Power Works and Is Cost Effective [98 words]GWAug 1, 2005 15:3224187
Iranian Quagmire [88 words]John MAug 1, 2005 07:4624176
Disposition of the Military [78 words]MontyJul 31, 2005 11:3924152
Iran--stay out [249 words]Peter J. HerzJul 31, 2005 10:0824149
MAD makes sense [64 words]WJ HalversonJan 26, 2006 23:5524149
Shias & Sunnis [172 words]michael cJul 31, 2005 06:3524147
Which option [391 words]WernerJul 30, 2005 22:3124139
Israel's role? [109 words]Yehoshua ZellerJul 30, 2005 19:3124131

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