Judging the Iranian Threat: 20 Questions

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by 2cents, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. wish they'd done a "judging the bush threat: 1 question" piece but... still a good start :)

    http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/060919_20questions.pdf

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  2. Not bad, but the thing that always seems to be missing is any understanding of Iran itself. Some of the current silliness proclaims that it is a regime of "mad mullahs" and that's all you need to know about it.

    Here is an interesting article from Asia Times online that mentions some of the different political forces at work. I think this is interesting because it shows that it is not the same sort of closed society that perhaps Saddam's Iraq was. Neither is it a static and moribund dictatorship but is evolving with various political factions and tendencies shaping the future. Which is not to say it's a perfect democracy, but that "mad mullahs" is far from an adequate description.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HI27Ak01.html

    IMHO some of the most informed reporting on Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan is to be found on Asia Times:

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia.html

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East.html