Iran: a bloody history may be about to repeat itself
Planet Iran from Telegraph / Con Coughlin
14-Feb-2010 (10 comments)

Despite facing the worst political crisis since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established his uncompromising Islamic theocracy in February 1979, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters were still able to summon hundreds of thousands of pro-government supporters onto the streets.

In many respects the atmosphere in Tehran on Thursday was not dissimilar to that in 1979, when government forces battled to prevent anti-government protesters from voicing their opposition to the hardline clerics that control the country.

Thirty-one years ago the main challenge for Khomeini and his supporters was to prevent a motley collection of Iranian communists, socialists and nationalists from making their own claims to form the government that would replace the Shah’s detested regime. On that occasion the street protests quickly led to summary executions, with Khomeini’s supporters setting up special courts to try those accused of trying to prevent Khomeini from establishing his Islamic dictatorship.

Many Iranian opposition groups now fear that history might repeat itself as the heirs to Khomeini’s revolution, such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, will resort to similar tactics as they try to suppress the pro-reform movement that has grown in strength since last summer’s hotly disputed election contest.

Attempts by pro-reform demonstrators to match the strength of the pro-government support... >>>

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by پندارنیک on

I totally understand your point, by the way I am sure you know a lot about history, but if the Balkan region was an oil exporter Americans could not afford to act so promptly, and as you call it surgically. It would have been too risky a move even back then, let alone now.

Thank you

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Dear Pendar Neek

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

I received an "F+" in history but if my memory serves me well Yugoslavia got itself into a bloody civil war in 1990, a possible alternative many Iranians are prescribing to get rid of the mullahs!?

The Yugo civil war experience was painful and disastrous. It was the American surgical strike on Serbia that put he last nail on the coffin of the murderous regime there.

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Dear IMF... I can't distinguish you from a roto-rooter hose

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

I was simply responding to Mr. Fatollah and and concurring with Mr. mahmoudg.



by پندارنیک on

Don't you think that Serbia not being an oil producer/exporter, was indeed a factor?



by on

I am glad that you agree with me for surgically bombing Israel for a successful regime change. But in tcase of Israel,it will be the end of that country as we know it. Much of the population will return to wherever they came from!!!!!!!



Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

A working example of a surgical attack

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

was on Serbia by the Clinton Administration crica 1997. Slobodan Milošević was toppled. It worked!

Back in the 70's, our commie (Chapie) friends wanted Iran to adopt Albania as the model system of government!? I swear to god I am not making that up.

Why can't we adopt Republic of Serbia as a model government?


This is an Israeli "soundbite"

by on

bloody alternative left for Iran.  If we want it free and secular, then
surigcal attacks must be contemplated such that the Mullahs and their
diehard supporters are wiped.


This is an Israeli "soundbite" to fool naive people. The last time they use "surgical bombing", they killed 1500 defenseless women, men and children in Gaza. This was yet a repeat after a similar operation in Lebanon in 2006 with simiar disasterous results.

May be Iran should "surgically" bomb Israel, at least in much of the same way IDF does!


What do you think?   ;-))


No quick fixes

by cyclicforward on

A number of people on this website advocating attack on Iran. This is really the mentality of video game crowd that like to see quick fixes to everything and when things go badly they rese the game.

I really don't what the best solution is at this time but I do know that it is best to sit down and think deeply about the options and don't have knee jerk approach to current situation in Iran.


mhamoud jaan

by Fatollah on

define surgical, no such thing as surgical except in the field of surgery ! unless, of course you are so self-centered that human lives mean nothing to you!? yes, let's kill 5 innocent for one "die hard" supporter, is that it?


Surgical attacks is the least

by mahmoudg on

bloody alternative left for Iran.  If we want it free and secular, then surigcal attacks must be contemplated such that the Mullahs and their diehard supporters are wiped.