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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Yeah, we all know what Russia cozying up to Iran means.

Seriously, are we still entertaining the fantasy that Russia cares about anything except Russia?

So some mullah syocphant with his tieless suit flies to Russia for a powow and Russia says it throw some cash at Iran's energy sector. Well, guess who wins here? It's like the late 19th century relations between the Qajars and Imperial Russia all over again. Yes, Russia is indeed very happy that Trump pulled out of the JCPOA...
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Clearly the bank has its own narrow definition of "hard stance". It's not a "hard stance" because it could be far worse. That's the only way it could be said the US is not pushing hard against Iran.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"This aside, nuclear threat, that is, Iran’s threat of resuming full-scale nuclear work, is yet another card in Tehran’s hands"

The full scale resumption of nuclear work is not a card the mullahs can play unless they really are suicidal, which they probably are. But suicidal or not, the days of the IRI as we know it are numbered.

"the American assumptions and plans of action against Iran can only be countered by raising the costs to them and to their regional allies, which in turn raises the issue of protean value of Iran’s oil threat and the specter of closing the Strait of Hormuz."

Closing Hormuz is not a viable card. The US will simply pay the extra cost of using its navy to ensure the strait remains open. Any serious attempt to force closure will result in immediate destruction of the Iranian navy.

Iran is SOL here.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Priorities priorities.
We along with the majority of Americans will kick more Republican Stooges out of the Congress and other seats of power and decision-making.
We demonstrate, we write letters, we send emails, we make phone calls and will stand up against Trump and Israeli/Saudi Lobby.
There is no 'way' to change, change is the 'way'.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
War with Iran - a conflict of some kind - is on the agenda, and I doubt the mullahs are capable of submitting to the kind of deal Trump/Pompeo expect in order to avoid that war. Moreover, even if the mullahs did submit, I suspect the US would go for war anyway. I don't think there is any way out of it now. It's too late.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Remember, FDD is not the only think tank pushing for harsh measures against Iran. It goes back to the first decade of this millennium and the decade before that - at least. Anyone remember PNAC? How about Brookings?
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Putin never had Iran's back to begin with, so how can he sell out Iran?

Russia was only ever using Iran for its own benefit, and Iran has been doing the same.

But if you want to call it selling out Iran, yeah, Putin will sell out Iran at some point, be it at this meeting or another in the future.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Not enough Americans will lift a finger to stop the war. If Iran is portrayed as the enemy well enough by a successful propaganda brainwashing campaign and possibly false flag attacks, there will be strong support for it. Opposition will be on the fringes.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Thanks for sharing Shahir-jaan. Prediction: As usual, Trump will walk away from the meeting boasting about some grandiose deal/understanding with Putin--one likely related to Iran. And as we've seen in the aftermath of the Trump/Kim Jong-Un meeting, little is likely to change on the ground. Say what you will about his mercurial ways, Trump excels at pageantry and PR hype.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Oh well. If true, it could start to turn Europe against the mullahs (publicly) and what's left of the JCPOA. Maybe, just maybe, a future Iranian attack in Europe may be allowed to happen, to set the IRI in stone as the enemy.

Also, for the mullahs, it's a very dangerous path to take. If it is ok for them to assassinate people in Europe, the Western powers may apply a similar rationale to future terrorist/other attacks inside Iran.

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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Thanks to the creators of this platform for providing us the opportunity to share info and engage in much needed debate with reasonable members. Glad to be here, and I look forward to more insightful comments from you.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
When the IRI gives you special privileges, you end up with a sore backside. I don't think India will take such threats well.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I'd better hide my arak.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
There are very few voices of reason in the public debate like yours.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Oh yes he will. Putin is virtually guaranteed to throw Iran under the bus. Without even looking at the Russia-Iran relationship, which is much weaker than the media suggests, it should be obvious that Russia is only there for Russia simply by looking at how Russia has treated Syria. If Russia won't "save" Syria, it certainly won't save Iran.
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abolhussein abolhussein (@abolhussein) on Pinned comment
Yes drinking alcohol in the islamic religion is a GREAT crime, but having sex with a child even under the cover of marriage is apparently  OK. Stealing under the republic of hell is ok especially if you belong to the ruling class of the mullahs ( agents of satan ), or the children of the ruling class.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Indeed, it won't.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
This weak article is a perfect example of the left's old love affair with Islam and especially its political manifestations. The socialist writer is outright flirting with the Basij and glorifying them under the guise of objectivity. I could almost read "Allaho Akbar" and "Ya Hossein" between the lines.

The fallacies in this thinly veiled Islamic propaganda are numerous, such as the baseless claim that the IR is already democratic and therefore in no need for a transition to a democracy, or the view that the Basij are "patriots" fundamentally dedicated to "defend the Iranian people and work for the success of Iran". All a load of rubbish. What the Basij in actual fact is fundamentally dedicated to has always been defending Muslim people and working for the success of Islam, nothing more nothing less. The fact that few self-serving non-Muslims volunteer for the Basij does not invalidate this reality. Moreover, the IR is anything but democratic, with vetted candidates during elections and a theocratic socio-political system designed to monopolize power for Shiite Muslims, give privileges to regime collaborators, and make life miserable for everyone else.

Moving on to the issue of Iran's perceived immunity to foreign invasion, allow me to remind you that the latest successful foreign invasion of Iran happened roughly 77 years ago, and it took the invaders less than 30 days to fully occupy Iran and neutralize the Iranian armed forces. Sure, today's Iran is not the Iran of 1941, but let's not forget that today's superpower is also much more powerful than those in 1941. A bunch of religious fanatics are not going to save Iran from the full might of 21st century Western military. Do Muslims in Iran want to keep deluding themselves regarding this matter?

They keep talking about how USA "lost the war" in Vietnam and Iraq and how it is "losing the war" in Afghanistan. All nonsense that we ought not to hear from anybody except ignorant people and the politically motivated anti-war crowd in the US. Out here is a different reality, where the US wars ended in huge success at the expense of countless lives and brought immeasurable long term destruction in the aforementioned countries. If that is a "victory" for those nations, then what is defeat? It might not be in the West's interest to occupy the entire country, but still, do we want to see millions of Iranians dead/maimed, an entire nation in ruins, and foreign troops occupying key areas that yield geopolitical gains? That's quite a possible scenario, and one that's very likely to happen soon if Iranians remain idle and complacent.

Of course an Iranian civil war is impossible and undesirable. What should be done instead is a massive, coordinated, and prolonged nationwide civilian action that paralyzes the entire country and bring those criminals to knees. It should be a movement that transcends class, ethnicity, religion, sect, and politics, and unified by the single goal of bringing down the IR
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali “Khamenei should step down as a final solution to the Islamic republic’s problems.”

Sorry, but no, that would not be enough. The system is not dependent on the nature of the current Supreme Leader despite his influence on it. The trouble is a combination of the dangerous ideology of the revolutionary regime and the corruption of all the individuals inside it, plus the inaction and complicity of the general population. Merely cutting off the head won't fix it.
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ayatoilet ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
For the benefit of readers, and the writer ... let me tell you all.... that in the U.S. there are roughly 1.2 Million volunteer fire fighters. They control politics in small towns and vote en masse - i.e. vote as a block and for example in the small town (population 4000) I live in, the mayor (and councilors) get elected with something like 400 votes i.e. from the fire company. No one else bothers to vote. Now, yes, they are a diverse group - but quite frankly the truth is, in some small towns they don't allow african americans to join. And the fire company gets involved in many things that the Basij in Iran do. Many laeding politicians in the US are ex fire fighters, and many fie company members are ex military. They own guns and have secret rituals ... in some parts of the country - NOT ALL - they are enmeshed with the KKK. And if someone invades the US they will fight side by side with the military and reservists. They have a deep and widespread network and can multiply their membership by 10x on a whim. When they have picnics - their friends and relatives completely fill the facilities and parks. They are the American Basij. This should help folks get it.
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