also there is a growing secularist movement amougst the students and the women in the country, and by the way, they are virtually opposed to our warmongering rhetoric of regime change because they see it as empowering the hardliners and what gave Ahmadinejad the lead in the last election.
Yes, this is one reason why our getting involved in a military adventure in Iran would be such a disaster. Of all the Islamic countries, America is held in the highest regard with the young secularists of Iran. And those secularists are actually some of the most moderate and reasonable figures in the entire region. US sword-rattling only enables Ahmadinejad and the hard liners to crack down and hold onto power for longer. We’re just shooting ourselves in the foot here. But GWB is an accomplished expert at that.