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Domino Effect in Iran

  1. Jun 25, 2005 #1

    vanesch

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    The elections put a religious hard-liner forward:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4621249.stm

    I particularly like the quote:

    Is this the domino effect at work ? :biggrin:
     
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  3. Jun 25, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    lol yah, this throws a monkey wrentch in everything...
     
  4. Jun 25, 2005 #3

    SOS2008

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    Exactly. They elected a leader who is a religious hard-liner, just like the U.S.

    Seriously, it isn't whether countries practice democracy, it is whether countries elect pro-American leaders. This is why Iran is "out-of-step."
     
  5. Jun 26, 2005 #4

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    Yes. It is a simple fact of life, Extremism breeds Extremism.
     
  6. Jun 26, 2005 #5
    Does that mean that Centrism breeds Centrism? I hope not, I think the latin translation of that is "We're doomed".
     
  7. Jun 27, 2005 #6
    If we look at the neocon domino concept in general we can see there is no validity to it. In the Middle East alone, look at Lebanon or even more moderate states such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc. If Iraq were allowed real democracy (real control of their government), it is very likely they would elect a religious leader as well.

    Trying to make every country fit a certain mold is ridiculous, for example Afghanistan, where the culture doesn't correspond with women's rights. The neocons are idiots. And anyone who believes it is US foreign policy to spread democracy is naive. The US will support any leader who espouses pro-American rhetoric/sentiment--look at Pakistan, or who serves our interests at a given time, such as Saddam during the war with Iran.

    As for nation building, I believe Rumsfeld just admitted we will need to be in Iraq 12 more years. If we do the math (lives, money, troops) over 12 years--sounds like a great idea, huh? Freedom and peace! We're spreading democracy! It's propaganda by the Bush regime as a cover-up for destroying our country.
     
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