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May 14, 2003

Iran will not go quietly

But America must defeat it.

Michael Ledeen writing in NRO says
Faced with American forces and expanding freedoms in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the mullahs have decided to go all-out to drive the United States out of Iraq, and convert that country into an Islamic Republic. To that end, no less than four Arabic-language radio stations have been set up, hundreds of Iranian-trained mullahs have been sent into Iraq's major mosques, and thousands of terrorists are operating under the command of top Iranian officers, including Sartip Pasdar Jafari, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces and its intelligence organization. Other top RG officers include Hamid Taqavi, from the intelligence headquarters in Qom, and Sartip Pasdar Seifollahi, the commander of the Nasr headquarters in Tehran. They have set up operational centers in Basra, Nassiriyah, Najaf, Khanaqin, al-Kut, and al-Amarah. They are all using cover names, and are dressed as Arabs and Kurds. All are well armed with machine guns, RPGs, and light weapons. They aim to turn Iraq into a "second Lebanon," hoping to repeat the rout of American forces in the 1980s after a series of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, and mass demonstrations.

Meanwhile, back in Iran, the repression continues. All draft deferments have been cancelled, in order to bring more young men under military discipline. The judiciary has created a special group to crack down on Internet use and shut down local sites. According to the student-news service, ISNA, special attention is being paid to Internet sites that make fun of religious and political leaders, and already one blogger in Tehran has been arrested. Reporters Without Frontiers has good reason to call Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei the leading violator of press freedom in the world.

Many Iran watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before the Iranian people rise up against their oppressors, and it could well begin on July 9, the date set by the student movement for a national strike against the regime. For the first time, the students have appealed to the Iranian diaspora for help, especially the very wealthy Iranian-American community in southern California. More
It is the aggressiveness of Iranian policy that ensures their defeat. The same goes for the Palestinians. The same as has happened to Iraq.