The remote possibility for overt action against Iran has IMO passed with the invasion of Iraq.
Same first and number of letters, wrong County, and probably only wishful thinking by someone familiar with some of the people in power, and how it all began.
I knew Aytollah Beheshti from Hamburg Germany, and was guest in his house in Tehran (his wife was German) after the Shah's fall. Beheshti was Khomeini's right hand man, and led a group of moderate / liberal Mullahs. In 1981, the 70+ strong group of Mullahs around Beheshti met in a building in South Tehran, Ayatollah Rafsanjani left, and five minutes later the building blew up, killing everyone inside. You draw your own conclusions.
An hour later, an Iranian friend and I went there, but had to leave after about 15 min, because it was getting dangerous to stay there. As foreigner, I was getting nasty looks, and some of the people were drawing closer.
Covert action and disinformation etc. is the way to go.
I have always been amazed how little has been reported about the amassed wealth of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani ($ 20- 30 Billion?).
As head of the council of guardians still Iran's King maker.
From 'dirt poor to billions in ten faithless prayers.' Beside his families business interests, Rafsanjani is said to control real estate in Dubai, all over Europe, and the U.S.
My in law is well connected in the U.A.E./Dubai. Which usually means businesses controlled by the Al Makhtoum, or Al Fahim families.
I heard about the top guys from Irans central bank flying in with a plan to manipulate the gold market, by dumping 5 bio worth of bullion.
While the Shahs extended family 'benefited' from Iran's business, most everyone was able to participate.
The Mullahs, and their 50 extended families want it all.
The image of ‚Äúrich ayatollahs driving around in bullet-proof Mercedes‚ÄĚ has become the butt of many jokes and the cause of much resentment in a country where, according to World Bank figures, the per capital income has fallen to a fifth of its 1970s value. Despite Iran‚Äôs huge export revenues and unexpected surpluses from the giant oil market jumps in recent months and years, the country‚Äôs budget is constantly in a state of flux showing no signs that it will sustain any time soon, inflation is at 16 percent and rising, and the economic growth rate is projected to fall.
Forbes.com - Magazine Article
Part II: Rafsanjani's wealth - Community - IranSportsPress.com