Friday, June 26, 2009

Daniel Pipes: Eating your cake and having it too..

Daniel Pipes is a well known so-called expert on the Mid-East. He is usually on the right. In the case of the Iranian elections he takes a position that supports boldness in criticising the Iranian govt. and also supporting the demonstrators and even the MEK who are on the US terrorist list:

http://www.danielpipes.org/6422/american-boldness-in-iran

Instead, flux in Iran should invite boldness and innovation. It is time, finally, for a robust U.S. policy that encourages those yelling "Death to Khamene'i" and that takes advantage of the hyperbolic fear the MeK arouses in Iran's ruling circles (first step: end the MeK's preposterous listing as a terrorist organization).
As Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Republican of Michigan) notes, regime change in Iran becomes the more urgent if the mullahs will soon deploy nuclear weapons. The vital and potentially victorious movement building both on the streets of Iran and in the halls of Europe better represents not only Western values but also Western interests.Instead, flux in Iran should invite boldness and innovation. It is time, finally, for a robust U.S. policy that encourages those yelling "Death to Khamene'i" and that takes advantage of the hyperbolic fear the MeK arouses in Iran's ruling circles (first step: end the MeK's preposterous listing as a terrorist organization).
As Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Republican of Michigan) notes, regime change in Iran becomes the more urgent if the mullahs will soon deploy nuclear weapons. The vital and potentially victorious movement building both on the streets of Iran and in the halls of Europe better represents not only Western values but also Western interests.
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However at the same time he claims that he would vote for Ahmadinejad and it would be good if he wins:

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2009/06/rooting-for-ahmadinejad.html

Therefore, while my heart goes out to the many Iranians who desperately want the vile Ahmadinejad out of power, my head tells me it's best that he remain in office. When Mohammed Khatami was president, his sweet words lulled many people into complacency, even as the nuclear weapons program developed on his watch. If the patterns remain unchanged, better to have a bellicose, apocalyptic, in-your-face Ahmadinejad who scares the world than a sweet-talking Mousavi who again lulls it to sleep, even as thousands of centrifuges whir away.
And so, despite myself, I am rooting for Ahmadinejad.
I realize that this pragmatic view shocks the tender sensibilities of left-wingers such as Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and Rachel Maddow, but this is hardly the first time leftists think with their hearts, nor the first time that their unthinking sentimentality might lead to disaster
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So how do you square those two positions? It doesn''t matter if you are a mid-east expert and have taught at Harvard.

3 comments:

LeDaro said...

Politics is a dirty game and Israel and its supporters are playing that game when it comes to Iran. Imagine if Israelis start saying that they want regime change in Iran and they want Ahmadinejad out. The way Iranians are they will rally around their man in that case. However, if Israel, Mossad head and this guy, say they rather have him as he is such a wacko and suites their interests. Iranians reaction is “Oh, even Israel wants him” let us get rid of him. There is a sizable Jewish community in Iran and also Israel understands the psychology of the people in Iran or Arab countries much better than US or other western nations.

ken said...

The problem is that in the case of Israel there is also a contradictory message in that Netanyahu is supporting the opposition and protesters.
Obama has now confirmed the position of those in Iran who claim that the US has intervened on the side of the protesters:
http://news.antiwar.com/2009/06/26/obama-moves-to-fund-iranian-dissidents/print/
The U.S. is funding dissident groups to the tune of 20 million dollars. That will help Iranians rally around Ahmadinejad.

LeDaro said...

It looks like just part of the game. Playing nice and confusing and misleading. On the one hand exonerating themselves that they are not for the regime change and on the other hand they are with the demonstrators – typical political double talk. Any tactic which will work to destabilize Iran. If US is involved then I will not be surprised that Mossad is at the forefront and rest is double talk.