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I read this and few aother articles earlier online today along discussing how to control Mullah's nuclear ambitions and spread of their fanaticism.

Obama, US, EU and most analysts seem to continue some sort of containment and acceptance ….and all keep missing the point that THE ONLY way to contain Mullahs nuclear and expansionist ambitions is to get rid of them. The past 34 years if not the past 1400 years are proofs that unless the head of the monster is not aimed, its tail even cut can keep re-growing.

They keep missing the point. The IR regime , the same as the South African Apartheid regime must be directly dealt with from the human rights view, by all-out sanctions and complete end of diplomatic relations until their collapse and based on their violation of human rights, children rights, woman’s rights, minority rights, most important crimes against humanity and lack of respect for others. This is not only to the best interest of Iranians but to the best interest of Americans, Europeans, Palestinians, Israelis, The Middle East, Africans and humanity as a whole.

Any other appeasement theories will continue to fall directly in to the hands of the mullahs until it will be too late. Half way approaches may delay the Disasters but will not prevent it but only add to its ultimate magnitude.


amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

Does anyone know why Shia don't call themselves Kunni's?

I was wondering after how Shia behaved in Iran after the 2009 election theft by AN, isn't it more appropriate to discuss the Sunni's and the Kunni's Split?


Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Yes, Counter-Punch. Far more credible a source than anything Cole himself puts out. And most of these sorts of people such as Cole the US intelligence puts pressure on at some point end up working for the agency at another point, as Cole did. It is a way such people keep their careers.

Cole has never rebutted this syndicated article btw.


Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

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amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

When you think of what the USA had to go through to bring the mullahs to power,

and what their goal was in bringing them to power,

of course they are going to do everything they can to contain the mullahs and keep them,

This is why betraying the late shah was a mistake, a big mistake which the USA knows, as the mullahs never could have been contained from day one.


Sayyad Sha'er visit:

I think the plan is for a balancing alliance between Israel-Turkey-Iran and Iraq, to counter the Sunni extremists and bring balance to the region. This is done after the hardliners in Iran are knocked out and a Green-movement inspired government is put into place.


Sayyad Sha'er visit:

And Karzei-led Afghanistan. The new alliance will be focused on two fronts- the Levant and Afghanistan, where Sunni extremism will be battling the new alliance.


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This is a good article, and I appreciate you posting it. I could not leave a comment on the main article page, so this is a comment I want to share with BOTH IC readers AND the people that commented on the article (on its main page).

Anyway, what Professor Cole seems to underestimate is the ability of the Mullahs and the regime. For 34 years many - many people (and me included) have been predicting the demise of the regime (in Iran)...only to find year after year, a stronger more competent reality. If you plot a trajectory from year to year, the influence of this regime has ONLY increased NOT decreased over this time - despite ALL predictions.

When the U.S. spent a trillion dollars in Iraq, you would have thought that Iran's influence (as the supposed arch enemy #2) would have diminished - and it has only increased. When U.S. spend another trillion in Afghanistan, you would have thought that Iran's influence would have diminished - it hasn't. When the Arab spring happened - you would think new democratic regimes in places like Egypt would be shunning Iran - but we read even here on IC that the head of Iran's Quds forces has private and secret meetings with the people that run the Muslim Brotherhood (that seems to have completely hijacked Egyptian democracy in the same style as Khomeini did). Hezbollah has taken over governance in Lebanon almost completely, and has defeated the mighty, mighty Israel several times. Even those predicting the demise of the Assad regime - now find themselves 2 (yes TWO) years later with 60,000 civilian deaths and not much more than Aleppo as a prize ... I am not saying Assad will survive, but my point is the Iranian regime has become very adept to dealing with circumstances and simply coming ahead of the situation. And just look at Iran's nuclear program - it has basically proceeded unimpeded...and Iran now has NOT ONE, BUT TWO uranium enrichment plants with technology to enrich to any level it wants.

One other nuance to all this, is that there is NOT a clear or clean divide between the Sunnis and Shiites or even unity among Sunnis. Its naive, simplistic intelligence idiots that try to imply that somehow these are protestants and catholics at war with each other like in the old Northern Ireland. In fact, there is now a "common" enemy - Israel - that unites them all. (And this is NEW, because for literally thousands of years, Iranians and Jews were aligned).

Bottom line, I would say short of a major invasion, or a serious effort for regime change, I see the Mullahs continuing on their old trajectory. Trillions of dollars of U.S. spending DID NOT change that, and most of Iran's immediate enemies have been eliminated by the U.S. (Saddam, Taliban) ... Iran is a nuclear power today, and builds its own sophisticated arms.

Doesn't this simple fact in turn makes one think that in fact the scenario is much more complicated, and that maybe, just maybe, contrary to the rhetoric there is something totally different happening....something no-one can even imagine...maybe, the Mullahs are in fact in the U.S. camp!! Now that would radical? No?

In politics - you MUST look at actions and results - NOT rhetoric to find out what is truly happening. Thus I do not think 2013 will be the beginning of the Mullah's demise. They have been through a hell of a lot and come out smelling like roses.