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Tehran supported and continues to support the Syrian regime by any means necessary. It has provided political backing and, in terms of security.But it has already started to have negative effects for Tehran. For the past few months, longtime Palestinian a

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Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 3:58 am
TY Cal.

Gene J (290)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 6:21 am
What goes around comes around, Iran. When you brutally suppress your own people, export death and terror with your every breath, it is hard to imagine you are surprised when your hate comes around to bite you it the butt. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of terrorists. One hopes only that SOON the peaceful Persian people take their country back from its insane "leaders". And becomes a member of human society once more.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 3:40 pm

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 3:41 pm

Philip Heinlein (474)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 4:27 pm
It certainly would be interesting to see an "Arab Spring" hit Tehran. It might make Syria look tame.

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 5:32 pm
This is something I pointed out a long while back with a particularly bloody-minded comment about what would be in the West's best interests in the region: Keep the Syrian civil war long and bloody and goad Iran into heavy political investment in the fight. Draw the Revolutionary Guard and Iran's paramilitary and proxy-forces into the fight as much as possible. Tying down Hezbollah in Syria could be enough to allow peace between Israel and Lebanon, but that would just be a side-benefit: Getting the Revolutionary Guard and the paramilitaries out of the way would leave the door open to a quick and nearly bloodless revolution in Iran (or, even better forced reforms) effectively kicking out the religious regime.

Hi Phil :)

Arguably, the Arab Spring may have begun with the protests following Iran's last election.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:14 am
Interesting, thanks.

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday August 31, 2012, 7:48 am

If Iran fails, it will leave the field to Saudi hegemony, and Al-Queda is surely no less and likely more dangerous to the West than Hesbola.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday August 31, 2012, 7:56 am
Hi Bob :)

I don't really want Iran to fall outright and, while I don't think having Assad's regime fall apart would help it, I also don't think it would be anything that could not be undone by replacement of the regime, which is something I would very much like to see. Underneath the crazy leadership there is a fine culture and what Rawls would have called a "decent people", a compliment which goes much further than the colloquial use of the phrase. This is the culture which the leaders are trying to suppress with their new restrictions on education for women. I would not mind seeing some degree of Iranian hegemony among Arabs and Afghans under that sort of new leadership.

. (0)
Friday August 31, 2012, 9:08 am
If Iran were to become an outsider in the Arab world, the fear would be a closer union with China. Given the two options, let China have Iran.

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday August 31, 2012, 12:59 pm
Stephen, I agree that EDUCATED Iranians are very fine people, or decent people.

The problem with the regime replacement is simple: armed dictatorship can be replaced by a civil war, and democracy-oriented people do not want civil war. An alternative is for the country to be bankrupt and would not be able to maintain the enforcing mechanisms like militias, army and political police, but Iranian oil will pay for all that until it lasts.


Rhonda B (106)
Friday August 31, 2012, 3:55 pm
Interesting. Thank you!

Ankush P (0)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:13 pm
Oh my!!! Well, there are lots of bad things going on in this world. Noted.

Past Member (0)
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Saturday September 1, 2012, 5:07 am
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