- Hardcover: 278 pages
- Publisher: Truman Talley Books; 1 edition (4 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312376553
- ISBN-13: 978-0312376550
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 2.8 x 22.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,601,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Iranian Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots' Quest for Destruction Hardcover – 4 Sep 2007
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This is all well and good, but the key question is how to accomplish this goal.
The author proceeds from the assumption, articulated by Machiavelli, that "tyranny is the most unstable form of government". This being the case he argues that not much is needed to oust the mullahs, writing, "The Iranian people need three things from us to catalyze their wide-ranging protests into an effective revolutionary force: hope, information, and some material support".
Hope, according to Ledeen, is provided by nothing more than a declaration that the United States wants regime change in Iran, transmitted into the country by radio such as the Voice of America.
Information, in the author's view, also depends on radio broadcasts and the Internet to let the Iranian people know what's going on in their country, and to provide "how to" information from leaders of other revolutionary movements.
The needed material support to bring about the downfall of the regime includes nothing more than "satellite phones, laptops, servers, phone cards, software to beat the regime's `filtering' of the Internet, and so forth". Ledeen helpfully points out that "Such material should be distributed to the key groups: students, teachers, workers (especially truck drivers and oil and textile workers), key religious leaders, both inside Iran and to their supporters outside".
Sorry. This seems just a bit too easy.
Particularly after Ledeen's effective portrayal of the government as ruthless, tenacious, and highly organized in its grip on power, this analysis seems to exhibit the same naïveté that he is so critical of in the US policy of the last thirty years.
And there are other problems with this book.
Many controversial statements are made without supporting documentation, and this cannot help but erode the credibility of the author's argument.
This is unfortunate. Ledeen is correct that the Islamic Republic represents a profound threat that must be confronted before it is too late. It is too bad that his book is not likely to persuade those who do not yet understand this.
The book takes us through the events of the Middle East from the 1979 capture of US hostages up through the present with continuity. It describes each administrations responses to the events. It is amazing how the US has and continues to pander to Iran. This book also describes how Iran has had their hand into practically every major event against Israel and the US. They are extremely organized and very focused on their goal...world subjugation. The book shows that, unlike us, Iran does not have this obscene sense of political correctness. That has enabled them to succeed in their war efforts while we look weak. The book shows the reader how Iran is firmly convinced that we will not fight them seriously and lays out the evidence for that. Iran truly sees itself at World War with the West and oddly enough, we don't. It's a good book and sort of a wake up call to those who think we can talk ourselves out of this.