Iran: January 10, 2002


: Iran has denied charges that it has provided refuge for al Qaeda men fleeing Afghanistan. The US has announced that it will deal harshly with this if it true. The problem is, al Qaeda could have bribed their way to some kind of sanctuary in Iran. And then there is Iran's complicated political situation. The minority Islamic fundamentalists, who have veto power over the elected government, are already supporting terrorism. While the government opposes terrorism and al Qaeda, it risks civil war by trying to crack down on local Islamic radicals support for terrorism. The fundamentalists finance their operations from the 10-15 percent of the economy they control, assets acquired when the fundamentalists seized the property of the royal family (and their allies) after the 1979 revolution.) These assets are not taxed, but the government is trying to change that. 

Meanwhile, the government is increasingly at odds with the judiciary, also controlled by the Islamic fundamentalists,  which is prosecuting moderate legislators in secret trials. This is causing a growing popular uproar and pushes the country closer to civil war. 



beggar Help Keep Us Online!

Yep, we have been forced to beg for your support. We want our readers to have a good experience while they are here. We avoid video ads and populating the pages with more than three ads unlike other sites, but this has a consequence for us -- lower revenues. We are bringing in a third of the revenue we brought in just a few years ago. We are not quite homeless yet, but we need your support to keep going. There are three ways you can help:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

Drake appreciates any help you can give him.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close