Sanctions have aggravated infighting among Iran's ruling clique. Now the US must take care not to play into hardliners' hands / Massoumeh Torfeh
27-Aug-2010 (7 comments)

Looking at the Iranian press over the past few weeks you would be forgiven for thinking that Iran is in a state of hypertension. The long list of new military hardware ready to fire against the "enemy" is mindboggling.

While punitive sanctions are taking effect, Iran continues to face the threat of a military strike from Israel. At the same time the US refuses to remove from the table the possibility of military action. The inauguration of the Bushehr nuclear power plant on Saturday – described by Israel as "totally unacceptable" – seems to have made matters even worse.

On Monday, Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval force commander, Ali Fadavi, announced the production of two new high-speed boats with missile launchers. He said Iran had "reached unparalleled power" in cruise missile defence. These are new versions of Zolfaqar and Seraj 1 rocket launchers. They are "unrivalled" in high speed, according to Iran's defence minister, Ahmad Vahidi. He warned the "enemies" of Iran that they are "playing with fire".

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Washington offers the grand bargain to IRI....for a while!

by vildemose on

I think the IRI is enticed enough to cooperate and come to the negotiation table. The security guarnatee and the grand bargain are on the table for the taking...Talk about not interfering or meddling in Iranian affairs.

Hoshang Targol

Sanctions, manctions,.. all bunch of none-sense,

by Hoshang Targol on

Sanctions only hurts ordinary Iranian people, how many times do we have to go over this.

The only thing that will bring down this monstrosity is Iranian people's protest movements. EVERY OTHER MEAN, SANCTIONS, MILITARY INTERVENTION, "SURGICAL BOMBONG,"...are a waist of time , and will have the exact opposit effects, the principal on unintended consequences, remember?

 They will only streghthen Sepah. There's no lack of protest movements in Iran ( students, women, workers, intellectuals, religious/natioal minorities) instead of relying on foreigners' policies and priorities, we ought to rely on our own social movements to overthrow this regime. The way we overthrow Shah, minus the mistakes( lack of tolerance, plurality,instrumental approach to democracy,...).

P.S. Infighting between mullahs has intensified already( arguments between AN and majlis,...), and it will only get worse regardless of sanctions or not, this is in the NATURE OF THIS REGIME.

Down with Islamic Republic.

Free all political prisoners in Iran.

Stop all executions in Iran.

Mardom Mazloom

Ben Zayin ...

by Mardom Mazloom on

You got a tight on your eyebrows. You don't wanna look uglier than your mate Ahmadi, would you?


this article begs to differ


Merchants linked to the Revolutionary Guard are using front companies and third parties to do business. Some are even profiting directly from the sanctions.



by Fred on

Cutie Islamist pie, be a good little one and go play with your NIAC lobby buddies.

Mardom Mazloom

Fred jaan,

by Mardom Mazloom on

You should write a book on your airtight stuff and put for example an image like this on the cover!!

You'll certainly bring light to most experts in Mossad and CIA who don't simply know how to deal with untight mullahs.


Airtight sanctions

by Fred on

No military action is needed, with help fed up Iranians can take care of these Islamist Rapists.  

U.S. should airtight the sanctions to speed up the infighting among the IRR gangs and help Iranian people with material support to overthrow the Islamist Rapists.