Praise for The Iran Threat
Publishers Weekly: Best known for bringing details of
Iran's nuclear program to international attention,
Jafarzadeh offers a harrowing portrait of his native country
with this sobering blend of history and contemporary
politics. Starting with the 1979 revolution that marked the
ascendance of the Ayatollah Khomeini, he argues that
Islamist extremism has played a central role in the last 25
years of Iranian politics, including the Iraq-Iran War and
the 2005 election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which
Jafarzadeh believes was orchestrated by the Khamenei regime.
All the while, he contends, Iran has maintained a covert
nuclear weapons program, threatening to radically
destabilize the Middle East and strengthen the reach and
scope of the oppressive Iranian regime. Jafarzadeh, a
foreign affairs analyst for Fox News who was the U.S.
spokesman for the National Coalition of Resistance of Iran
(NCRI) until 2003, when it was placed on the State
Department's list of international terrorist organizations,
has a strong emotional investment in his subject. He
dismisses military and diplomatic solutions to the imminent
nuclear crisis he foresees, but suggests that international
support of Iranian resistance movements could succeed in
upsetting the current regime. Highly detailed and
compelling, his account is accessible to a general reader
but will appeal mainly to students of Middle East politics.
Publishers Weekly (Reed Business Information, a Division of Reed Elsevier Inc.)
"Finally, we have a book from the man responsible for alerting the West about Iran's secret nuclear program. The Iran Threat documents how Tehran's support for terrorism and its commitment to a nuclear program are consistent with its ideology. Jafarzadeh provides new information on the political and religious background of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which should wake up Western policy-makers."
--Bruce McColm, President, Institute for Democratic Strategies, former executive director of Freedom House, and former President of the International Republican Institute
"While the whole of the West--including its powerful diplomacies and intelligence services--was fast asleep, shamelessly engaging with the fanatic regime in the persecution of the Iranian resistance, the resistance exposed the Iranian regime’s nuclear plans. If you seek the most authoritative view of the leading threat to our civilization's values, you must read Alireza Jafarzadeh’s book."
--Paulo Casaca, Chairman, NATO delegation at the European Parliament
"As Iran relentlessly drives toward nuclear-armed status, world leaders shift gears and quicken their search for diplomatic exit ramps in a race against time to avoid war. As diplomacy fails, problematic military strike scenarios against Iranian nuclear sites abound. In his excellent book, The Iran Threat, Alireza Jafarzadeh creatively offers another option: empower the Iranian people to seize control over their own country from the illegitimate clerical leadership. By removing the main Iranian opposition groups from terrorist lists of western countries, these organizations can pressure the regime in Tehran to choose between remaining in power and pursuing nuclear weapons. The Iran Threat will be on the 'must read' list of policymakers from Washington to Moscow, as well as from Baghdad to Beijing."
--Raymond Tanter, Georgetown University, and President, Iran Policy Committee
"Alireza Jafarzadeh knows Iran and the terrorist nature of Islamic fascism. He charts the Iranian regime's political development and efforts to become a nuclear power. He analyzes U.S. policy and failures to date to contain the Iranian threat. Anyone concerned about world peace and security should read this book."
--Donna M. Hughes, Professor and Carlson Endowed Chair, University of Rhode Island
"No one outside Iran has a better idea of what the regime in Tehran is up to than Alireza Jafarzadeh, whose Iran Threat offers an important assessment of today's circumstances. He also presents vital ideas for dealing with a rogue government as it attempts to acquire nuclear weaponry."
--Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum
"As the support for terrorism and nuclear ambitions of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fan the flames of conflict in the Middle East, The Iran Threat is the first and best guide to Ahmadinejad's sordid past, his dangerous present, and our precarious future. Alireza Jafarzadeh offers the most viable policy option for the United States to contain the Iranian threat as an alternative to war or appeasement."
--Congressman Bob Filner (D-California), Co-Chair, Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives
"This is essential reading for those who are concerned about the Iranian nuclear program and are willing to keep an open mind about the Iranian opposition. Written by the Iranian-American who first revealed to the world--and to international inspectors--the existence of Iran's secret uranium-enrichment and plutonium-production plants, this book provides a credible, compelling account of how the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards artfully engaged in deceit, deception and concealment to hijack a civilian program and turn it into a military one. This book also places us at the cutting edge of new allegations about an underground network of nuclear installations beyond the reach of both the International Atomic Energy Agency and national intelligence agencies. It poses the disturbing, bottom-line question of how anything the Iranian regime might yet promise to do in its ongoing negotiations with the West could ever be verified."
--Paul Leventhal, Founding President, Nuclear Control Institute, Washington, D.C.
"Alireza Jafarzadeh's book is a must-read. Jafarzadeh is one of the foremost authorities on modern Iran, and his book is a unique collection of information you can't find anywhere else. From the inner-workings of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime to the Iranian nuclear threat, he gives a unique and insightful perspective to the current situation in Iran."
--Rita Cosby, Host of MSNBC Investigates
“Iran is the world’s number one threat. Alireza Jafarzadeh brilliantly describes why and what we can do to help the Iranian people take their country back. A must-read if you want to understand how to win the Global War on Terror.”
-- Lt. General Thomas G. McInerney USAF (Ret.), former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
"This book could not
be more timely. As the United States looks for
solutions to the crisis in the Middle East, and Iran
in particular, we need authentic voices to shape the
debate. Mr. Jafarzadeh’s participation in exposing
the Iranian nuclear program confirms his role and
this book’s in informing American policy making."
Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana
"A remarkably well-written and
well-researched account of attempts by the
Iranian mullahs to join the ranks of the
world's nuclear powers. Mr. Jafarzadeh's
sources inside Iran have proven time and
again to be remarkably well-connected and
well-informed. This book should be read by
all who are concerned with the spread of
nuclear technology beyond the ranks of
supposedly responsible 'great powers'."
--Ambassador James Akins, Former United
States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
"This book could not be more timely. As the United States looks for solutions to the crisis in the Middle East, and Iran in particular, we need authentic voices to shape the debate. Mr. Jafarzadeh’s participation in exposing the Iranian nuclear program confirms his role and this book’s in informing American policy making."
--United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana
"A remarkably well-written and well-researched account of attempts by the Iranian mullahs to join the ranks of the world's nuclear powers. Mr. Jafarzadeh's sources inside Iran have proven time and again to be remarkably well-connected and well-informed. This book should be read by all who are concerned with the spread of nuclear technology beyond the ranks of supposedly responsible 'great powers'."
--Ambassador James Akins, Former United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
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