"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Iran Wants to Control Islam

Iran's Aggressive Proselytizing Campaign
By OLIVIER GUITTA (Middle East Times)Published: July 21, 2008

"While Iran is flexing its muscles and looking to expand throughout the whole Middle East by way of military force, it is also orchestrating an insidious campaign to control the region's religion. In fact, Iran is spending money, energy and time to proselytize local populations and de facto trying to take over Islam.

The success of this Iranian-sponsored operation has pushed Sunni states to react. Of all the Sunni countries, Saudi Arabia is the one feeling the most threatened by this new wave of Shiite proselytizing. "If it's not to export the revolution like in the time of the Khomeini regime, Shiism exportation – as we see it today – is still unacceptable," noted Saudi Social Affairs Minister Abdel Mohsen al-Hakas..."

OK, I am currently in the middle of Tom Clancy's novel Executive Orders in which Iran attempts to gain complete control of the Middle East by way of coordinated terrorist attacks against its neighbors and the United States.

But I digress.

Iran has put itself into an aggressive position against a foe it cannot defeat; however, by default, it will be the victim if attacked by Israel or the US, and will likely garner the sympathy of its neighbors which will provide the path of influence it seeks. Therefore, an attack on its nuclear program alone will not be sufficient to stop the insidious regime. The head of the snake must be cut off as well, or it will gain the power it seeks. We cannot make the same mistake ‘41’ made with Saddam Hussein.

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