Friday, September 15, 2006

Reza Pahlavi at US Senate

Crown prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran was at the US Senate on Thursday September 14th offering three policies to deal with the Iranian regime. ((Yahoo! News))

I believe it is the best option Persian crown prince is following and I am glad his highness is trying to reach out to US law & policy makers:
    Hosted by U.S. Sens. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Reza Pahlavi of Iran affirmed the world needed to focus on the big picture regarding the crisis facing his homeland, proposing an integrated three- pronged policy approach to the clerical regime of Iran. Offering his views to U.S. lawmakers, he said "the best way to deal with the Iranian regime is by confronting it, pressuring it, at the same time supporting the Iranian people."
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programmer craig said...

It's good to see some Iranian leadership figures stepping up to the plate. I'm not sure how I feel about Reza Pahlavi but at least he's putting himself out there. I've seen him in television interviews a few times and he makes a lot of sense. I agree with him about everything he said except the sanctions and the military option. I don't think there should be any sanctions, period, because that's the only way to keep the camel's nose out from under the tent. Camel = UN. Also, sanctions don't ahve a very good track record. They've worked a few times, but they've failed a lot more often. And I'm not sure what "targetted" sanctions would look like, but it seems like the innocent are always the ones who bear the brunt, when it comes to sanctions.

On the military options, that really can't be taken off the table, Winston. There's no way to predict how the regime will react if things start getting bad for them. Military action may be unavoidable. The IRI can wreak havoc on the world's oil supply, and they could turn up the heat on US forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Then there is the trouble they could start via Hezbollah in Lebanon and HAMAS in Israel. The US has to have the option of pre-empting or at least reacting if these things begin to happen.

Goesh said...

Someone tell me how diplomacy could possibly work? Sanctions are a joke when Iran has huge, massive energy contracts with China. European ecomies are not robust and common sense says the need for business revenues overrides long term security concerns any day. Sanctions my foot!

Amazing isn't it how Israel knocked out saddam husseins developing reactor and the world was not plunged into war. Where does this idea come from that air strikes to knock out Iran's nuclear facilities would launch a massive, world war? Who would ally with Iran and take on America and its allies? Where do these stupid ideas come from? Would Iran really want to engage the US, England, Italy, Germany, etc etc over having its nuclear facilities knocked out? I know exactly what I would do if I were the mullahs and had nuclear weapons. What would you do if you were them and had nukes and vast amounts of cash coming in from energy sales to China??

Chester said...

This is great!
The regime must be very nervous.

Red Violin said...

A bit off topic:

Mossadegh believed in the constitutional monarchy of 1906. He was also a monarchist constitutional lawyer. I find this absolutely fascinating.

RP was eloquent and sincere as always.