A greater threat from the Iranian mullahs
KMOX Radio (The Voice of St. Louis), February 9, 2007
Debbie Monterrey: And that we have focused so much on Iraq but in the last year or so I think many people in the United States have come to realize that we face a great threat from Iran as well. Joining us right now to talk with us about this is Alireza Jafarzadeh, author of The Iran Threat, President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you very much Debbie, itís great to be on your show.
Debbie Monterrey: Well I think I can speak for a lot of Americans in saying that the President of Iran frightens us but not a lot of people at this juncture feel like we should take military action. What do you see happening? What is the President of Iran really want and what do you think he wants to do with nuclear weapons?
Alireza Jafarzadeh:Well certainly the President of the Iranian regime is frightening, not only to the Iranian people but also the people in the region and as far as Western Europe and the United States. Why? Because he is pursuing a very ambitious nuclear weapons program that is very advanced and I had a role in actually exposing the network that is trying to produce nuclear weapons in Iran.
They are also vehemently
involved in Iraq in a very violent way, sending arms,
explosives, IEDs, agents, money, trying to heighten
violence and instability in iraq to force the Americans
out of Iraq so that they can establish an Islamic
Republic in Iraq similar to what is happening in Iran
and then expand that beyond the borders of these two
countries, to the countries in the region and eventually
establish a global Islamic rule. This is the agenda of
the Iranian regime.
HOST: How mentally stable do you think the president of Iran is?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, Ahmadinejad, Iíve dedicated about four chapters in my book to Ahmadinejad, you know, going through his background when he was in high school. He knows what he is talking about. The problem is that the mission that he has and the things that he believes in are very frightening. He believes that the Iranian regime has every right to eliminate the countries that they donít like. He believes that the they have every right to use the nuclear bomb to wipe out Israel off the map and that;s the danger. He does not represent the Iranian people. The vast majority of the Iranian population are opposed to Ahmadiejad, especially the younger generation. They want to see democracy and human rights. There is a lot of opposition, particularly in the last year in Iran, some four thousand anti-government demonstrations took place all over the country. When Ahmadinejad went to speak before Amirkabir University in Tehran where he was expecting to be welcomed by the students, they shouted at Ahmadinejad. They called him a dictator. They burned his pictures before his own eyes. It was a very daring act on their part. You know they could be jailed and tortured and executed. But that shows how much the Iranian people are fed up with the regime and how much they are ready to change the situation. There is also a very organized opposition that a number of members in the Congress on both sides of the aisle that they need to be supported, not the Iranian regime.
Debbie Monterrey: Well the students and the young people in Iran may be our next greatest hope with helping us to settle things in that region. Alireza Jafarzadeh, author of The Iran Threat, joining us on Total Information AM.