Violent clashes opposed, yesterday, hundreds of residents and tens of bikers to the members of the Islamic regime forces in the usually very peaceful City of Yazd.The Boston Globe seems none to happy about promoting a revolution in Iran. It seems that the presence of Michael Ledeen in the mix sours it for them. On the other hand they are considering the options:
Protesters and bikers retaliated to the regime forces by smashing windows of public buildings and damaging patrol cars with incendiary devices, pieces of stones and clubs in the Kargar area.
Slogans were shouted by groups of young protesters against the regime and its leaders and especially against Khatami a native of Yazd.
Reuel Marc Gerecht, a Farsi-speaking former CIA officer now at the American Enterprise Institute, described them bluntly in a recent interview: "Punt, or strike" -- either let Iran go nuclear (as early as 2006), or strike their nuclear facilities.No matter who wins on 2 Nov. it will definitely not be the end of history.
Given the grim alternatives, Gerecht says, "I see no reason . . . why the US government cannot develop clandestine techniques for aiding certain Iranian factions. But you cannot do these things quickly. I think the Bush administration is deeply divided on this issue."
Since we have been speaking of Michael Ledeen here are a few words by him on the subject of Iran (besides "faster please" and do we have to get nuked before we act?)
The president dismissed the question about Iran by talking only about the nuclear "issue," while Senator Kerry, incredibly, restated his belief that the same policy that failed to deter North Korea would somehow work with the Iranians. The president knows who the Iranians are, while the senator is an active appeaser. But neither was inclined to deal with the central issue, which is that the Iranians, the Syrians, and the Saudis are killing our men and women in Iraq, and we are playing defense, which is a sucker's game.
Some of the links for the above commentary come from the fine folks at Winds of Change. Visit them often. I do.