by Guy Dinmore
Having adopted legislation in the past aimed at Cuba and Iraq, similar
groups of Republicans and Democrats in Congress are currently setting their
sights on promoting "regime change" in Iran.
As a result, new exiled Iranian opposition groups backed by some of
Washington's neoconservatives are springing up in the hope of seeing large
doses of US funding.
One such group the Alliance for Democracy in Iran is taking shape,
strategically located in the heart of the capital's think-tank quarter.
Activists described it as an opposition umbrella group that would act as a
"clearing house" for US taxpayers' money dedicated to advancing the cause of
democracy. . . .
The Alliance says it is in partnership with the rightwing Hudson Institute.
Alliance members are also inspired by Michael Ledeen of the American
Enterprise Institute, an influential neoconservative policy group, who is a
veteran campaigner for regime change. . . .
A prominent backer of the Alliance is Jerome Corsi, well known for his role
in the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth campaign against John Kerry,
the Democratic presidential candidate. He believes the freeze on nuclear
development agreed between Iran and the European Union will collapse by
March and that Israel, supported by the US, will then launch military
strikes. . . .
The State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative has sought to
identify pro-democracy groups inside Iran for funding, but has not found
any. . . .
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[An attack from a weapons state is highly unlikely; an accidental nuclear
launch is far more worrisome. As remote as the possibility is, all-out
nuclear war has the potential to end human life on the planet--still the
true doomsday scenario.--Linda Rothstein, Catherine Auer and Jonas Siegel,
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["This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush
Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone," the former high-level
intelligence official told me. "Next, we're going to have the Iranian
campaign. We've declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the
enemy. This is the last hurrah-we've got four years, and want to come out of
this saying we won the war on terrorism."--Seymour M. Hersh, "The Coming
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'outposts of tyranny'," BBC, January 19, 2005]
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playing cat and mouse game over Iran," UPI, January 26, 2005
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.S. Uses Drones to Probe Iran For Arms," Washington Post, February 13,