Iran and US after Iraq
May 9, 2003
Results of a joint poll (26 April-3 May, 2003)
by iranian.com and siahsepid.com
on U.S. and Iran relations after the war in Iraq. Readers were asked
to choose one of the following statements that best describes your
Of the 826 people who voted,
* 7% believe: The swift fall of Saddam
Hussein's regime has terrified the Islamic Republic. Iran's leaders
will finally agree to direct talks with the U.S., exchange ambassadors,
stop support for anti-Israeli groups like Hamas, and roll back nuclear
projects -- anything to avert a confrontation with the U.S. that
would result in their certain demise.
* 27% believe: The Islamic Republic
cannot be reformed into a secular democracy. Iran's medieval-minded
rulers are unwilling or incapable of giving in to people's demands
for freedom, democracy and the separation of mosque and state. The
U.S. should put more pressure on the Islamic Republic, help pro-democracy
forces, and take military action if necessary.
* 45% believe: Iranians must solve
their domestic problems by themselves. The pace of change has been
slow, but the domestic and foreign policies of the Islamic Republic
have become more reasonable. Direct U.S. intervention, especially
military action, would kill the reform movement and send the message
that the nation's destiny is not in the hands of its people, but
* 12% believe: Whether anyone likes
it or not, removing the Islamic Republic will be on top of America's
"to-do" list, once the situation in Iraq has stabilized.
Washington sees the Islamic Republic as a sworn enemy of Israel
and determined on building nuclear weapons. The Bush Administration
will go to war against Iran while it still has the support of the
* 8% believe: None of the above.
Don't know what will or should happen in Iran-U.S. relations.
* Invalid votes: 1%
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