Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Stability and Iran

Takeyh at the Christian Science Monitor claims that the international community need not fear Iran. My belief is that Takeyh has made a very simple mistake, that of confusing a dictatorship with a stable democracy. If Iran had the requisite democratic institutions providing stability, we wouldn't be worried about it's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Takeyh's take on it is that we don't need to worry about the problem, because the current oligarchy does not have the same goals as Khomenei.
Personally, I think it would be more convincing, if their goals had managed to be retained through the transitions of power which have occurred since the revolution. At least then there would be some claim of stability.
Iran's future is only a roll of the dice. Should Khamenei die, who's to say what the future of Iran will bring? That's one reason we are concerned about their nuclear program.

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