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Iran teetering on the brink of "secularism" is a fantasy!!!

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Submitted by Jaladhi (United States), Nov 30, 2010 at 20:07

Dr. Pipes, you write: "As the secular Turkey founded by Atatürk threatens to disappear under a wave of Islamism, the Islamist Iranian state founded by Khomeini apparently teeters, on the brink of secularism. Turks wish to live like Iranians, ironically, and Iranians like Turks."

While the first part of your statement appears to be true judging from the recent events in Turkey, the second part that "Iran apparently teeters on the brink of secularism" does not seem to be anywhere near reality. The general population, the masses, in Iran still support the mullahs. If they(people) did not support the mullahs, mullahs would have disappeared long time back. While the big city of Tehran may have demonstrations against the present regime, the masses are not showing much support for them against the regime. Therefore, it is a wishful thinking that Iranians want to move towards secularism. Secularism in an Islamic country can only come if they give up the interference of their religion in the government which will never happen!!!


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