"Virtually all internal regime changes require intense international support."
This is not true. The American and French revolutions needed no significant outside support. The communist revolution in Russia had no outside support.
Indeed for a successful regime change outside support is often poison. With the support of foreign powers, revolutionaries are often seen as traitors to the homeland rather than patriots and as such lose the support of the people.
In Islamic countries this is especially true if the populace suspects the revolutionaries are westernized and would forsake Islamic principles in favor of western culture.
posted on 01/12/2006 6:35:18 AM PST
The American Revolution didn't need or use the outside support of the French?
posted on 01/12/2006 6:40:23 AM PST
by Pan_Yans Wife
("Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny. "--Aeschylus)
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