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Posted by on Jun 5, 2007 in At TMV | 1 comment

Understanding Iranian Politics Is A Key Element of Smart Policy

Our policy towards Iran needs to be quite delicate. I’ve discussed the country’s fragile political situation before and I’ve mentioned that there is currently a major power struggle between more moderate elements of the government and hard-liners. We need to carefully take note of these political developments because they must factor into our decisions about how to engage with Tehran.

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  • Kyo Cobran

    Well, that’s fairly sound advice whenever you are dealing with the affairs of another country, society, culture, or individual.

    Just look at Iraq for example. Bush (further perpetuated to the public by the media) repeatedly depicted the “Terrorists” as this homeogenous, desert-dwelling, bearded, self-combustable enemy that lives in every Muslim country in the world. Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan were all just part of the same enemy, and he acted on that assumption. Look at Iraq now, a chaotic three war civil war that starting to drag the Middle-east into five rival camps: Israelis, Shiites Arabs, Sunnis Arabs, Kurds, and Turks. Bottom line as you tersely put it, we need to proceed carefully in Iran and be aware of all the subgroups and potential consequences.

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