Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1985 500SEC, 1991 190E 2.6.
Location: Los Angeles / Hannover Germany
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Every effort possible should be made to destabilize the Iranian kleptocracy, which has an estimated less than 20% popular support. Invasion is not an option. No matter how much people may oppose the present regime, Iranians are quite patriotic.
As a result of rampant corruption from the top on down and in addition to mismanagement, the Iranian economy is in bad shape,... with all the oil money the Country receives. Average Iranians have to work two or three jobs just to pay the bills.
There has been popular discontent (demonstrations) re. the money spent on Iraq and Lebanons Hezbollah. But voicing opposition is very risky. Opponents can disappear without a trace, and relatives will be afraid to even inquire about their fate. The Mullahdom holds in jails two and a half times per capita the number of people (non criminal), than were imprisoned under the Shahs dreaded Savak.
I doubt the U.S. has enough muscle to influence the Saudis to flood the market with cheap oil, severely reduce Irans cash flow, and have the Mullahs see the error of their ways.
Ahmadinejad is only the council of guardians puppet, and serves at their pleasure.