Michael Ledeen has a great piece over at National Review Online that examines how the US has a current deficit of a policy when it comes to dealing with the mullahcracy's nuclear weapons programs and their continued support of terrorism. He notes that the US shouldn't continue its "all is well, don't rock the boat" mentality that seems to be prevalent amongst the State Department, NSC and the upper reaches of the White House. What the US government needs to do is enforce the pro-democracy, light of liberty policy that President Bush spoke about during his last inauguration. In order to do this the US has got to support the forces of democracy that are struggling against the Islamic fascists of Tehran who are submitting their will on a people who prefer a different society than what the mullahs brought forth in 1979. If we just apply our moral/political/financial support towards the movement of democracy within Iran and use other assets to wrest the mullahs from their perch of power, the US will eliminate one more power-center of danger (Nukes) and one of the largest patrons of terror in the world. In fact Ledeen provides some revealing facts about how the Iranian monolith has endured some slight fissures thus revealing an avenue of change via the people:
Many Iranians have come to the conclusion that their country is a dangerous place, and they are running. A significant number of former officials have left Iran for infidel countries in the past few weeks and months. The former minister of culture, Ayatollah Mohajerani, has gone to London, along with the former mayor of Tehran, Mohammed Hassan Malekmadani. Mohsen Sazegara, a founder of the Revolutionary Guards, is now in Washington. Mohammed Taghi Banki and Cyrus Nasseri, until recently high-ranking officials, have gone to Austria. And these are the lucky ones, because they have managed to escape the Islamic republic. Within the cauldron, the purge continues, as I have suggested it would. Ten members of the Khorassan judiciary have been forced to resign. The commander in chief of the army is gone. Payman Forouzesh and Golmohammad Baqeri, both members of the last parliament, have resigned, as has Mohammed Mirlohi, the deputy minister of legal and parliamentary affairs. Other resignations and departures are likely to follow in short order; a friend of mine who knows a great deal about the affairs of banks in the Persian Gulf tells me there is an unprecedented flow of private money out of Iran to places like Dubai, Abu Dabhi, and Qatar.So instead of sitting on our duffs and waiting for the matter to be settled within the madhouse known as the UN - where the Iranian mullahs will continue to do commit their horrific deeds unabated for years to come - we could achieve greater results by promoting the democratic movement in Iran. I'd say that the US should take a ride down the Ledeen turnpike, at least he has a well thought plan.
This exodus does not bespeak either a tranquil country or a regime confident of its internal power, especially against the background of the massive repression now under way. It rather suggests a regime that knows it is hated, and intends to stay in power by crushing anyone in its way, both at home and abroad. It is reminiscent of the final days of the Nazi regime, when the Fuhrer in his bunker swung wildly between megalomaniacal dreams of miraculous world conquest, and deep depression, alternately purging his old guard and promoting incompetent underlings to positions of great power.