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The Iranian Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots' Quest for Destruction Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 4, 2007
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This is all well and good, but the key question is how to accomplish this goal.
The author proceeds from the assumption, articulated by Machiavelli, that "tyranny is the most unstable form of government". This being the case he argues that not much is needed to oust the mullahs, writing, "The Iranian people need three things from us to catalyze their wide-ranging protests into an effective revolutionary force: hope, information, and some material support".
Hope, according to Ledeen, is provided by nothing more than a declaration that the United States wants regime change in Iran, transmitted into the country by radio such as the Voice of America.
Information, in the author's view, also depends on radio broadcasts and the Internet to let the Iranian people know what's going on in their country, and to provide "how to" information from leaders of other revolutionary movements.
The needed material support to bring about the downfall of the regime includes nothing more than "satellite phones, laptops, servers, phone cards, software to beat the regime's `filtering' of the Internet, and so forth".Read more ›
Like former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, I disagree. If the U.S. tackles Iran militarily, its campaign should not be hobbled in advance. Moreover, Iran is one of world's states least likely to sprout an American style democracy.
Everything else in this book, though, is not only intelligent, but necessary to U.S. national survival. Democrats and Republicans alike have got to stop playing footsie with the Islamic theocrats, and pretending that some miracle will moderate Islamic fascism.
There are many reasons for Islamic stridency, not least of all the history, theology and ideology fundamental to all forms of Islam, Shi'ite and Sunni alike (as explained brilliantly in Dr. Andrew Bostom's The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims and his forthcoming The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History).
But among the most pertinent reasons just now is the refusal of U.S. governments for the last 30 years to even examine the problem. The former President most at fault is Jimmy Carter (...Read more ›
The polling data indicating, "that upward of 70 percent of Iranians want greater freedom and better relations with the United States", legitimately encourages Ledeen. But do these people control the military? When push comes to shove, will they be able to disable the weapons pointed at our direction? We know this much: the Iranian regime has unofficially declared war on the United States. Constantly the mullahs push the envelope a little further. Our own elected officials, including the present administration, have for far too long looked the other way. Ledeen provides Americans with the information they so desperately need. Is he overly optimistic about reforming the current reactionary government of Iran? Whatever, the United States is very hesitant to preemptively order its military forces to strike at Iranian targets.Read more ›
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A good review of our failed bipartisan policy toward the terrorists who govern Iran. Ends with Bush 43 I am sure the author is only more concerned with the Obama adminstrtion.Published on January 22, 2012 by Scott Sirk
This is an essential read for anyone remotely interested in the War on Terror, or international relations in general.Published on April 30, 2009 by Norbert Fabre
This is the same guy who, along with his neocon associates, has been beating the drum for World War IV
(World War III was the cold war) for decades. Read more
The Iranian Time Bomb - reveals disgustingly inefficaciousness political bluders when dealing with Iran. No democratic government can deal or trust an Islamic country. Read morePublished on September 1, 2008 by R. Griffin
Those who are not yet aware of the existential threat from Iran must read this important book. It's not going to be the "light entertainment" that so many crave, but without this... Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by Beatrice I. Lieberman
Ladeen's credibility is shattered beyond repair after his lies and deception about Iraq. This is another source of his unfounded and delusional imagination which does not worth the... Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by Esfandiar Bakhtiarnejad
Concise, well-written, well-organized so that the situation in the M.E./Iran and its neighbors becomes quite clear. The author has done great research and a complete job. Read morePublished on February 6, 2008 by derek
This would be a great addition for any student of the Middle East. Many of us think we are knowledgable of this part of the world from our past studies. Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by Bruce Awishes