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6/17/05

Michael Ledeen's Love of Iran

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

It has been said that Michael Ledeen has the President's ear. Resident scholar in the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), there is no one who tries harder than Michael Ledeen to get rid of the Mullahs in Tehran - at least no other American.

His desire to help Iran has made him put his own country on the back burner. He does not mince his words. Not mindful of the dangers that our journalists embrace to bring us daily news and facts, in referring to the world renowned anchor woman Christian Amanpour, he uses the phrase "the useful idiots among us", as well as criticizing the New York Times editorials for exposing the abuses at Guantanamo instead of the oppression in Iran. Don't these idiots know that Iran is more important, he winces - at least to this one American who is at the AEI and has President Bush's ear; who is the promoter of the MEK and until recently was pushing for the young Shah's son too. Isn't all this more important than the fact that America, the beacon of democracy, of human rights no longer has a high moral ground to stand on?

Why bring attention to America's shame when they can divert attention to human rights abuses in Iran? Why not do some good old mullah bashing? It worked for 25 years. Under the cover of loving Iran, Michael Ledeen and others at the AEI draw attention away from the crumpling American values and hope to meddle with Iran until something gives.

Undoubtedly Iran has a long way to go before it rids itself of inner conflict, oppression and achieves a democratic government - Perhaps the one thing its enemies would not want it to accomplish. We must not lose sight of the fact that we are only as strong as the weakest link in the chain. It is imperative that we stand united and not allow the seeds of anarchy be planted by the likes of Ledeen whose information and cries of foul play come with a price. The people of Iran Zamin must sort out their problems without the likes of Ledeen and his bosses.

... Payvand News - 6/17/05 ... --



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