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Iranian Alert - August 21, 2005 - Iranís Agenda for the World - A Must Read!
Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.21.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/21/2005 10:16:43 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Iran’s Agenda for the World

Amir Taheri

 

When he launched the invasion of Iraq in 2003 President George W. Bush promised to help the greater Middle East, the Muslim heartland from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, to bury a despotic past and build a democratic future.

As if on cue, political elites throughout the region began to use “democracy” as a catchword.

In Egypt President Hosni Mubarak declared the building democracy as the central aim of his next administration. The Lebanese launched their “Cedar Revolution” under the banner of democracy. The Saudi municipal elections were described as a move toward democratization. Military rulers in Libya, Tunisia, the Sudan, and Pakistan put on civilian clothes and talked of democracy. Afghanistan and Iraq held their first democratic elections.

The country generally regarded as most ripe for democracy was Iran. President Bush singled it out for praise as the nation that could lead the region in democratization. President Muhammad Khatami spoke of “religious democracy”, an oxymoron in which vice pays tribute to virtue.

For the past three years, tens of thousands of students have demonstrated throughout Iran demanding “Democracy, Now!”

Last week Iran’s newly elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave his reply: Democracy? Never!

The answer is spelled out in a 7000-word document that Ahmadinejad presented as his government’s “short- and long-term programs” to the Islamic Majlis (Parliament) on Tuesday.

In it he categorically states that Western “ideas and concepts of government” have no place in Islam. Without using the word democracy, the document states that the new administration “bravely rejects all alien political ideas” as incompatible with Islam.

The document says that in a Muslim country power belongs to God. The exercise of that power is the privilege of the Prophet and, after him the 12 imams of duodecimo Shiism. Since the 12th Imam is in “grand occultation”, thus not exercising power on a day-to-day basis, the task devolves to “chosen ones from the family of the Prophet”. In the case of Iran today it means Ayatollah Ali Khamenehi, the “Supreme Guide” who claims to be a descendant of Hussein, the third imam.

Ahmadinejad says that not only will he fight any form of democratization in Iran but would mobilize the nation’s resources to prevent the United States from imposing the Bush plan on the Middle East.

In practical terms it could mean a switch in Iranian policy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Under President Khatami Tehran’s policy was to make sure that the Americans were bled to the maximum while allowing them to establish friendly regimes in Kabul and Baghdad. Now, however, Iran may well want to bleed the Americans more but deny them even the merest crumb.

The document states that the region is heading for a “clash of civilizations” in which the Islamic Republic represents Islam while the United States carries the banner of a West that has forgotten God.

The document calls the US “the hegemon” and asserts that the Bush plan for the Greater Middle East is a device to slow down the decline of the United States as a superpower.

“Despite its pharaonic roars,” the document claims,” the hegemon is in its last throes.”

The US is a “sunset” (ofuli) power while the Islamic Republic is a “sunrise” (tolu’ee) one.

The US is going to crumble because it is based on a system that produces “endless material needs” which lead into “the desert of lust” where men are handed over to Satan.

The Islamic Republic is going to win because it has God on its side.

The Americans may “mock the divine system” in Iran. But Islamic Iran is the model for the future of mankind.

Ahmadinejad envisages a “multipolar” world in which the United States would have a place as long as its process of “fading away” is not completed. Other poles, according the documents, would include “sunrise” powers such as China and India, and “sunset” ones such as the European Union. But the most dynamic of the new poles would be the Islamic one with Iran as a “core power” around which all Muslim nations will coalesce.

The document flatly states: “Leadership is the indisputable right of the Iranian nation.”

The creation of an “Islamic pole” is the key objective of what the document refers to as “the 20-year strategy” of the Islamic Republic. It is not clear who developed that strategy and whether or not Ahmadinejad, who is elected for a four-year term, hopes to remain in power for two decades.

The goal of the “Islamic pole” would be to unite the world under the banner of Islam, as the “final Divine message” and “the only True Faith.” But it is not clear whether this is to be achieved during the 20-year period of the strategy or within a broader timeframe.

It is not only in foreign policy that Ahmadinejad opposes “American ideas”.

His economic, social, and cultural programs, too, are designed in defiance of Western capitalist models.

He wants the state to play a central role in all aspects of a people’s life and emphasizes the importance of central planning. The state would follow the citizens from birth to death, ensuring their health, education, well-being and leisure. It will guide them as to what to read and write and what “cultural products” to consume so as not to be contaminated by Western ideas. In fact, the Islamic Republic intends to compete with the US on the global stage as a producer of culture. Ahmadinejad promises to help Iranian music drive American music out of the world markets, starting with Muslim countries. In hyperbolic tones he claims that Persian music exports could earn Iran more than oil.

The new government will even help arrange marriages for young men who might find it difficulty to do so on their own. (No such assistance is offered to young women.) The Islamic Republic rejects what the West calls “alternative lifestyles” as “abominations” and would not tolerate any form of sexual deviation or immorality.

Ahmadinejad’s economic policy is aimed at self-sufficiency so that the Islamic Republic would not become dependent on the global system dominated by the United States. Iran will develop its nuclear program the way it sees fit, regardless of whatever the outside world might say.

The program does not shy away from big social engineering ideas.

For example, it promises to reduce the number of villages in Iran from 66,000 to just 10,000. This would enable the central government to concentrate on the rural population and provide it with better and cheaper public services.

But it would also mean relocating almost 30 million people.

To carry out his ambitious program Ahmadinejad has created a strong and unusually united Cabinet. He also starts work at a time that, thanks to spiraling oil prices, his government has almost $200 million a day to play with.

At the United Nations General Assembly in New York next month, Ahmadinejad is expected to fire the first shot in what he sees as a duel between the Islamic Republic and the United States over who sets the future agenda of mankind.

It should be fun to watch.

  • Daily Times reported that the UN nuclear agency has concluded that highly enriched uranium particles found in Iran were from imported equipment and not from work in making what can be the raw material for atom bombs.
  • IranMania.com reported that the Guardians Council has approved the Majlis bill on resumption of the press jury's activities.
  • Khaleej Times said the poker game of European diplomacy with Iran has almost run its course. While no side can claim victory yet.
  • The Daily Times reported that the IAEA will meet with Pakistani officials next week as part of its efforts to determine if Iran was using smuggled Pakistani equipment.
  • Xinhuanet reported that Iran strongly denied a media report that its top nuclear official had threatened to block Hormuz Strait if its nuclear standoff could not be settled.
  • Iran Focus reported that Iran’s police forces have been instructed to use all means, including helicopters, to locate and confiscate privately-owned satellite dishes.
  • Iran Focus reported Iran’s new Minister of Justice vowed that “improperly-veiled women” will be treated as if they had no Islamic veil at all.
  • The Associated Press reported that the United States is pressuring Kurds to accept demands of majority Shiites and Sunnis on the role of Islam in government in order to reach agreement on a draft constitution.
  • Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily laments: Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji continues hunger strike ... Is anyone watching?
  • Roya Hakakian, The Washington Post said the nuclear debate in Iran is eclipsing the most important current headline about Iran. That headline is simply the name of a man: Akbar Ganji.
  • The Australian former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage called for a formal US dialogue with Iran.
  • And finally, Reporters Without Borders today hailed a report received from a reliable local source of an improvement in the health of imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji.


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1 posted on 08/21/2005 10:16:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 08/21/2005 10:21:04 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

To much of that opium drifting in from Afghanistan I see.


3 posted on 08/21/2005 10:55:56 PM PDT by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: DoctorZIn

Very disturbing ...


4 posted on 08/21/2005 11:19:34 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem !)
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To: DoctorZIn
Talk about illusions of grandeur!
5 posted on 08/21/2005 11:46:48 PM PDT by Nateman (They want a nuke? Give em one already made!)
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To: DoctorZIn
"Ahmadinejad promises to help Iranian music drive American music out of the world markets, starting with Muslim countries. In hyperbolic tones he claims that Persian music exports could earn Iran more than oil."

Ahmadinejad is nine cents short of a dime.

6 posted on 08/21/2005 11:47:55 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: Justanobody; Reborn; nuconvert; persiandissident; Fred Nerks; Howlin; King Prout

Iran, from stone age to reactionary age

7 posted on 08/21/2005 11:51:56 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: M. Espinola

This is the same Government which has prosecuted Artists, Musicians and Writers for expressing their ideas!

What a jerk!


8 posted on 08/21/2005 11:56:04 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

http://roozonline.com/07cartoons/009601.shtml


9 posted on 08/21/2005 11:58:19 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot
It's another reason why the entire radical, jihad promoting régime must go and quickly - before they can threaten half the world with nuclear weapons.
10 posted on 08/22/2005 12:01:45 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: M. Espinola

agreed


11 posted on 08/22/2005 12:03:20 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: DoctorZIn

"He wants the state to play a central role in all aspects of a people’s life and emphasizes the importance of central planning. The state would follow the citizens from birth to death, ensuring their health, education, well-being and leisure. It will guide them as to what to read and write and what “cultural products”

Isn't this exactly the pilosophy of the liberal left?


12 posted on 08/22/2005 4:25:41 AM PDT by heylady
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To: DoctorZIn
The state would follow the citizens from birth to death, ensuring their health, education, well-being and leisure. It will guide them as to what to read and write and what “cultural products” to consume so as not to be contaminated by Western ideas... it promises to reduce the number of villages in Iran from 66,000 to just 10,000... relocating almost 30 million people

This sounds like a cross between communism and environmentalism to me. Or pure Liberalism!

I guess I can see why our own Liberals are supporting these people. They both think alike.

13 posted on 08/22/2005 6:06:16 AM PDT by Gritty ("Why attack America when leftists here aid and abet the enemy more than Tokyo Rose?-LGen McInerney)
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To: All

My two Iranian buddies (here since 79) play that Iranian music on the car stereo. Its bouncy, but after the first few songs I'm ready to jump out of the car. Then again, the music (if I can call it that, "BOOM TA TA BOOM TA TA") from the cars that occasionally stop next to us makes me wonder why their roofs don't explode off. Unfortuately for the Iranians, most people of the world can tune into any kind of music that pleases them. Its not going to be easy to compete.


14 posted on 08/22/2005 7:12:54 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: DoctorZIn
Ahmadinejad is a delusionist...
15 posted on 08/22/2005 8:32:07 AM PDT by Edgerunner (Proud to be an infidel)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I agree with you partly!

But I guess your buddies listen to cheap Iranian pop music.

You might find "Shajarian" (iranian singer) interesting to listen to!

There are some classic works by Iranian musicians too!


16 posted on 08/22/2005 1:37:09 PM PDT by Khashayar (No Banana Allowed!)
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To: DoctorZIn
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17 posted on 08/22/2005 6:57:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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