Iran: The Enforcers Turn on Their Masters

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July 18, 2007: The Iranian government is losing control of its security forces and secret police. Islamic radicals increasingly refuse to obey orders from the top, claiming God has commanded them to do otherwise. The Islamic conservatives have remained in power by cultivating Islamic radicals in the security forces, men who were willing to fight to the death to keep an un-elected Islamic conservative government in power. But now the Islamic radicals are out of control, and bringing them to heel will threaten the ability of the Islamic conservatives to rule the country.

July 17, 2007: Two of the four American civilians being held by Iran, appeared on the television commercial, apparently reading, under duress, a statement admitting to efforts to undermine the Iranian government.

July 15, 2007: U.S. troops continue to find Iranian weapons in Iraq, and some of those weapons are being used to attack American and Iraqi troops.

July 13, 2007: The U.S. has publicly criticized China for continuing to ship items to Iran that can be used for producing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. China denies everything.

July 12, 2007: Bahrain is furious that an Iranian newspaper claimed Bahrain belongs to Iran. The claim is based on Iranian control of Bahrain for a few years during the 18th century. After that incident, Bahrain, and most of the other Gulf States, sought protection from Britain. During World War II, the U.S. joined with Britain in offering the Arab states of the Persian Gulf protection from Iranian aggression. Iran has always resented this, believing themselves to be the regional superpower, and the final arbiter of who is sovereign, and who is not.

Meanwhile, in northern Iran, troops continued to fight Kurdish rebels, firing artillery into Iraq, where the PKK rebels have established camps.

July 11, 2007: The government continues its crackdown on media that do not adhere to a conservative and Islamic point of view. No other opinions are tolerated. An Iranian news agency reported that police has captured 14 squirrels, equipped with "spying devices," near the Iraqi border. Later attempts to get more information failed, as police appeared to wish the story would go away.

July 10, 2007: A man convicted of adultery was stoned to death, according to Islamic law. But the judge who ordered the stoning had been told by his superiors not to allow such a punishment. Senior officials are losing control of Islamic radicals, who often see themselves as above the law, at least the civil law. The recent crackdown by the religious police has encouraged the Islamic radicals to push even harder for strict adherence to Sharia (Islamic law, based largely on 7th century customs).

 

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