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Reader comment on item: Will Washington Betray Anti-Regime Iranians?

Submitted by Bob Stern (United States), Jul 19, 2008 at 12:45

Rather than leave the MEK to the tender mercies of the Iraquis and or Teheran, we should be arming, training and funding them, so that they could slip back into Iran and conduct an anti-government guerilla war.

I've read about Iran for a number of years, and I've developed what I hope are informed opinions:

  1. Iran's youth don't remember the Shah, the only government they've ever known is that of the "Mad Mullahs."
  2. The outlook of these young people is pro-western.
  3. They love their country (which is more than I can say about a lot of our youth), if we were to attack Iran we would force them into the arms of the mullahocracy.

IMO Israel cannot conduct a successful attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, and I don't think we will. So this IMO leaves fomenting revolution in Iran as our only viable option. Don't forget that the young students were a big factor in the overthrow of the Shah.

The only question that remains in my mind is, would a pro-western, nuclear Iran seek a rapproachment with our ally Israel? Or would we and the Israelis have to contend with this ad infinitum?

Any thoughts?


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