Friday, October 06, 2006

Iranian prince speaks in Omaha

Reza Pahlavi, the son of the former Shah, spoke in Omaha at the UNO campus. He is advocating a more active US foreign policy against the current Iranian government, but believes an invasion would not be in anyone's best interest. Have to agree with him on that score.

"Pahlavi said he does not support a U.S. invasion because it would only inflame anti-American sentiment and Iranian nationalist pride. Instead, he envisions a democratic revolution from within Iran supported by U.S. economic might. The world's superpower can prompt this revolution by attempting to speak directly to the Iranian people using radio, TV and the Internet, he said. It can also make life difficult for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by imposing targeted sanctions geared to hurt the ruling class but not common Iranians, he said."

I also have to agree that making life difficult for the Iranian government is in our interest, and should be a high priority. He also appears to believe that many of our problems in Iraq are due to Iranian interference. That alone is reason enough to ratchet up the heat on Ahmadinejad. I have to wonder if Pahlavi was in NY when the Iranian President went to the UN. A picture of them meeting on the street would be......priceless.

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