The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis by Alireza Jafarzadeh

President Ahmadinejad and his impact on Iran's weapons program

Connecticut’s WDRC Radio, February 5, 2007

 

Transcript

 

Brad Davis: I watch Fox a lot and every time I see him on Fox news, I am fascinated by what he says about terrorism. In fact he is a senior analyst for Fox news and has a new book: “The Iran Threat, President Ahmadinejad and the coming Nuclear crisis”. And I am sure you will recognize the name: Alireza Jafarzadeh. And he is my special guest this morning. Alireza, good morning sir.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Good morning to you. It is a great pleasure to be on your show, Brad.


Brad Davis: I’ll tell you…I watch you every time they say you will be on Fox. I just stay glued because you don’t pull any punches. That is why I like you.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

 

Brad Davis: But this Ahmadinejad, this guy…where is he coming from?

 

A – Well…Ahmadinejad belongs to one of the most radical factions within the Iranian regime. He was groomed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. By the most radical religious villains of the Iranian regime. He was hand picked by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei to become the president. His background is dark. He was involved in the suppression of the Iranian students at the universities. He was involved in the torture of the prisoners in the notorious Evin prison. He was the commander of the most notorious and deadly force within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards known as the Qods force which also translates to Jerusalem force that basically does nothing but terrorism. And now you have this person at the helm as the new President of the Iranian regime since summer of 2005. He has been heavily involved in two fields. One is to give Iran its first nuclear bomb and second trying to change Iraq into an Islamic Republic modeled after the Iranian regime.

 

Brad Davis: Now, I understand and I have been reading about this. The American people as a whole are not convinced we are in a world of war. You know it…I know it and we better wake up the United States of America. But I understand that there is a lot of unrest going on in Iran. The students…they are Persians and they have western ideas. Do you think there is a possibility of an overthrow?

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: I think that is the most possible thing that we are going to see in the near future. Just to give you an idea, when Ahmadinejad, the regime’s President, went to Amir Kabir university in Tehran on the “Student Day” which is the day that every year the students celebrate and he wanted to show that he is supporting them…when he went there, the students shouted Ahmadinejad out of the student hall, calling him a dictator, burning his pictures right before his eyes. And this is a very very daring act on the part of the students because they are risking their lives. They get arrested, tortured and executed just for doing that. There were 4,000 anti-government demonstrations all throughout the country in the past one year. From down south in the oil rich province of Khuzistan, in Ahwaz and other cities to the Iranian Kurdish region to up northwest of the country, Azarbaiijan province to the capital Tehran where the bus drivers were on strike. So we have a defying population. Actually, the younger generation of Iran are very much opposed to the regime. On top of that, there is an organized opposition, organized movement that has a very democratic agenda that calls for separation of church and state or mosque if you will and for regime tolerance, equality for men and women…in fact, the leader of the resistance, of the movement, is a woman. Her name is Maryam Rajavi. She is a Moslem woman but she is opposed to the fundamentalist extremist views of the Ayatollahs. And that is what is giving hope to the Iranian population. If they get enough support from International community, and I am not talking about arms or money, if they get political support and if the International community stops supporting the Iranian regime in an implicit or explicit way…then they can settle their destiny with the Iranian regime and can change Iran into a democracy rather than a theocracy.

 

Brad Davis: You know what makes me nervous? What makes me nervous is this Maliki shaking hands and hugging Ahmadinejad. I said to my radio audience this morning that unless this surge….unless we go in there and take the handcuffs, go in there to win it, let our marines do what they are trained to do and go after Al-Sadr and that crowd, we might as well fold up and come home. Because that is the key and I just hope that is what is in the Bush doctrine this time.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well brad, you mentioned it. Because I think the real problem in Iraq is not the Iraqi people. It is the Iranian regime’s intervention…deadly, violent intervention in Iraq. They are sending arms, explosives. They are training terrorists. They have a tremendous network of intelligence in that country. There are 32,000 Iraqis who are on Tehran’s payroll acting on behalf of Iran, including people within Maliki administration who are more beholden to Tehran than to the Iraqi people. Including people within the Iraqi police, Iraqi security apparatus, Iraqi military intelligence who are Tehran’s agents. We cannot see democracy in Iraq when Tehran is pulling the string. The good news about Iraq is that there is hope. The Iranian opposition also has a presence in Iraq, in north of Baghdad in a city known as Ashraf. They are trying to organize the Iraqi population for the democratic, secular, moderate forces in Iraq. To unite them around a platform that says we want to cut off the hands of the Iranian regime and their outreach to Iraq. We want to have an independent country, not a country that follows the orders from the Ayatollahs. And the first thing to do is to limit the activities of the Iranian regime. Arrest their agents. Hold them responsible and provide opportunity for the Iranian opposition as a counter balance to the rising threat of Iran in Iraq.

 

Brad Davis: Well, it is interesting and I certainly know that you are on top of this sir. I believe…I don’t know if I am right or wrong here….but this war with Islamofascists is going to go on for years and years. And I guess my greatest fear is that the American people…you know, we are funny some time. We think that we are above everything and nobody can touch us. Yes, 911 but they just don’t have…that is the reason we have this tremendous void in the country now. Because they don’t realize this is our very lives and is going to be threatened if we don’t do something right now.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: That is true Brad. Imagine if Iraq is further moved to violence and the Iranian regime succeeds in forcing the Americans and the coalition forces out of Iraq which would mean, you the vacuum will be filled by the Islamic fundamentalists, Islamic extremists. And it would have a system of Islamic Republic in Iraq. Then they would use that as a springboard to expand to the other countries in the region, dominate the resources. Iran has a very advanced nuclear weapons program and just today they installed new centrifuge machines. In fact, it was the sources of the Iranian opposition that revealed all the major Iranian nuclear sites in August of 2002 which triggered the inspections by the UN watchdog to go to Iran and look at these sites. And to find out where these centrifuge machines are. But I’ll tell you…the nuclear program is so advanced that they are no more than one to three years away from creating the bomb. And imagine the Ayatollahs who are already the leading State sponsor of terrorism getting their hands on a nuclear bomb and then dominating Iraq. That is going to be bad news for everyone.

 

Brad Davis: Sir, Iran…

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Even as far as small towns here in the United States.

 

Brad Davis: “The Iran Threat” is the book my friends. And I thank you sir for being with me this morning.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you very much Brad.

 

Brad Davis: You bet. Alireza Jafarzadeh…you see him on Fox news a great deal.

The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis by Alireza Jafarzadeh
 
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