Lessons Learned from Iran

(UPI) Andre Le Gallo - Washington shouldn't be deluded into believing Rowhani's election changed Iran's DNA, which it largely shares with the Muslim Brotherhood. Rowhani was a member of the Iran National Security Council when it approved the bombing of the Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires and the bombing of the Kobhar towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. servicemen. Just as Ayatollah Khomeini said he didn't bring revolution to Iran in order to lower the price of melons, Morsi's agenda in Egypt didn't include the economic well being of the population. That the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi has turned out to be a totalitarian, anti-Christian, misogynistic and inept administrator shouldn't have come as a surprise; his election campaign explicitly promised to bring Shariah law to Egypt. Radical Islam will not go away by itself. It is in the interest of the West, and the U.S. in particular, to help the populations of the Middle East to build alternative solutions. Passive observation of events in the hope that everything will turn out all right is likely to create other theocratic republics and, if Iran is allowed to go nuclear, so will they. The writer is a former CIA officer and National Intelligence Officer for Counter-terrorism.

2013-07-31 00:00:00

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