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2006-02-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ahmadinejad is on the warpath
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Posted by Dan Darling 2006-02-18 01:58|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [440 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 What the conservatives fear losing (as a result of war and its concomitant extreme international isolation) is their economic and commercial privileges. Contrary to Western reporting, the conservative establishment is not held together by ideology, but by vast (and impossibly complex) networks of patronage and economic/commercial monopolies. These networks thrive in a wider context of socio-economic stability; stability that would be blasted away by conflict and its repercussions.

Posted by trailing wife 2006-02-18 04:42||   2006-02-18 04:42|| Front Page Top

#2 Interesting, but could be false.
Posted by Ol Dirty American 2006-02-18 07:49||   2006-02-18 07:49|| Front Page Top

#3 Over all, good article.
The author, apparently iranian himself, describes quite correctly the internal political situation, specially about the revolution coming down to sharing the countrie 's wealth among few!!

However, there must be inside Iran, those who will stand up against this bunch in the face of total devastation.I 'm thinking of some miltary guys capable of pulling a coup to "save the nation".
Ahmadinejad and his ilk have decided that it will be them, the hell with the country.
The US should encourage and help those who will put IRAN first.
Posted by frenchfregoli">frenchfregoli  2006-02-18 10:02||   2006-02-18 10:02|| Front Page Top

#4 Agreed. A military coup and a comprehensive campaign against the Revolutionary Guards is probably the only way to overthrow the mullahs short of a full-scale invasion. Unfotunately.
Posted by Jonathan">Jonathan  2006-02-18 11:09||   2006-02-18 11:09|| Front Page Top

#5 I don't buy it. AhMAD and the Moolahs are driven by the 12 century and the return of the 5th whatever.

AhMAD was hand chosen by Moolah #1 who runs the show.

This column is a diversion.
Posted by Captain America 2006-02-18 14:40||   2006-02-18 14:40|| Front Page Top

#6 More and more it appears to this semi-ignorant outsider that the Iranians are waiting for us to do the heavy lifting of their revolution for them. All those young people who love America and hate the Mullahs don't seem to be interested in anything more than a few peaceful marches of the Ghandi sort, which only work when the government is made up of principled and essentially non-violent people, which the Mullahs are absolutely not. And while there is violence against the Mullahcracy in outlying areas like the Baluch tribal region, I don't yet see how that will shake the current regime.
Posted by trailing wife 2006-02-18 22:23||   2006-02-18 22:23|| Front Page Top

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