MICHAEL A. LEDEEN, a noted political analyst, is a Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is the author of The Iranian Time Bomb, Machiavelli on Modern Leadership, and Tocqueville on American Character, and he is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Ignore the troll reviewer. Michael Ledeen has moral clarity, willing to call evil by its name. Ali Khamenei, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the lunatics running the Iranian regime mean what they say. Ledeen's message is this: if we want to show that we have learned from history, we will confront these monsters -- not because we want to fight, but because we have to. "There are none so blind as those who will not see," he reminds us. So true.
Anything Ledeen writes on Iran is a must-read. Get this!
In an amazing prophetic book written early this year well before its thesis was affirmed by uproarious millions on the streets of Tehran, Ledeen vindicates his decades of uncanny analysis of the apocalyptic cult that rules Iran.
As he points out, revolutions have succeeded the Ukraine, Georgia, the Philippines, Lebanon, South Africa, and even the Soviet Union where the KGB and Stasi failed to suppress the opposition. With concerted aid from the US and Israel, revolution can triumph in Iran as well. He points to evidence of the people's acute demoralization, signaled by the collapse of Iranian fertility since 1980 from between 5.6 in cities and 8.4 in rural areas to sub replacement levels today. Most Iranians hate their leaders.
The key to success is not some feckless campaign using sanctions and diplomacy. This well worn approach will reliably strengthen and legitimate the regime while draping their nuclear and missile programs with a pettifogging cloak of legalism like the one applied by obsequious UN shysters in North Korea. The key is overthrowing the regime. Make them recall vividly what happened to Saddam. Ledeen now believes that Iran is replete with rebel leaders and that U.S. or Israeli support would be welcomed.
Ledeen's theme is the perennial blindness of the enlightened world to the burgeoning darkness. He pillories the willingness of respectable experts to succumb to the devil's wiles of self-denial in a murk of relativism in which evil remains invisible and thus victorious and even ascendant despite its pathetic actual vulnerability to a still hugely more powerful and virtuous West.Read more ›
Dr. Michael Ledeen has been the most vocal supporter of democracy and freedom in Iran in the past several years. No one can claim he has not been out there defending the cause of freedom for the Iranian people. In this book, yet again, he lays out the path for freedom in Iran and stability in the region and the world. Ledeen argues why the western world should fight this evil tyranny. And this is an important read in a very crucial year when Iranians are out in the street demanding change and western governments sitting on their hands doing nothing to help the people of Iran. This book must be on the reading list of all top government officials in the western world from Paris to Berlin, Rome and beyond. Michael Ledeen has the moral courage and clarity to say what no one else has dared to say so far. He is right to argue that the free world must aid the dissidents and support meaningful change in Iran. His vision is now ever more clear. Read this book and pass it on to your friends. 5/5
I have not finished the book, but so far it is everything I had heard that it would be- informative and well written. The topic, of course, is disturbing, but also something that needs to be addressed. The author recognizes this and makes it easier reading because of his competent writing. I highly recommend the book.
A well argued, well documented book that exposes the idiots who prop up the Iranian regime in the west, especially the US. The author has argued for many years that a democratic, free and secular government in Iran will benefit the whole world especially the United States. And I happen to agree with him. A free, democratic Iran will not fund Hamas or Hezballah. It will not seek to behave irresponsibly in the world and therefore it will not be a threat. This is a book every American should read. We can't ignore the threat the Iranian regime poses to our way of life.