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Submitted by Greg Ofiesh (United States), Sep 27, 2002 at 14:08

Q1: Will there be a ruthless crack down? There is not enough evidence to conclude one way or the other. Anyone who says they know only demonstrate foolishness. How surprised were you when the communists in Russia went quietly?

Q2: Why is the Iranian regime unpopular? Because it is based upon Islam in the most fundamentalist sense. Why is America so loved? Because it is based upon Christianity in the most fundamental sense.

Q3: Must Iran be overhauled or can it be reformed? It is likely that Iran can be reformed, but even more likely that it will remain just as it is- a misery for its people.

Q4: What effect would an overthrown Iranian regime have on Muslim states? None. Arabs don't care much for Persians. The fundamentalists in the moderate states of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan would think that they know how to succeed despite "their" failure.

Q5: Q4 put another way... There will be no domino effect. Again, fundamentlist Muslims in the moderate arab states have not been given the chance to rule. Thererfore, they cannot fall with Iran.

Q6 answers in general I agree with to a point.

Q7: Will the Iranians crack down on their own? Yes. This is a characteristic of the depraved mindset of an Islamic theocracy. Those on the top either believe they are doing Allah's will and will do anything to maintain their power to continue; or they are simply manipulative, and on such a large scale as Iran are so depraved of moral conscious that a Tienamen square style crack down will take place. I don't believe that the military will turn on the Mullahs, because I suspect that more than one Mullah controls the military and police, and they can ensure that the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, thus instilling fear among the ranks.

Q8: Is Khatami for real? The question is irrelevent to the topic here.

Q9: What should US policy toward Iran be? We should give their brightest visas to attend US universities with scholarships so they can taste America for 6-8 years, then force them to return where they will be most driven to change their lives by changing their country politically.

Q10: Will there be a crack down, and what will be the result? Yes there will be a crack down, that is inevitable. But the outcome is not for anyone to predict. Anyone who tries is totally out in left field.

I would like to make one more point to Buchanan's answer. America must involve itself with the middle east. We cannot allow fundamentalist Islam to run its course unchecked. That would be like allowing Nazi Germany under Hitler to run its course unchecked. If that had happened, who would have had the bomb first? How would our lives be different? And most of all, where is God in any of the answers provided by any of the guests? Do they truly believe that God is not involved in what is happening today?
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