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Iran is not a homgeneous society

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Submitted by H. Yazdi (United States), May 10, 2006 at 23:19

Contrary to common belief, Iran is not a homogeneous society. Only 60% on Iranian are Persians. The rest is comprised of Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Baluch ,Turkamens and a few others who have very little in common with the Persian population in the center. Even whithin the persian commiunity there are several ethnic group with their own costoms and traditions.

I believe that aside from sanctions which by itself could bring Iran's fragile economy to its knees, one should entertain the idea of fomenting insubordination among the restive and repressed commiunities. Let's not forget that in the last presidential elections in Iran, only 20% of the electorate participated in the election. Of those who participated, the great majority of them were the government and security workers and their family. By fomenting unrest in provices, we can keep the central government so occupied that won't have time or energy to engage in international mischeif.

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