Saturday, June 11, 2005

Iranian People Among Our Closest Friends

PR Newswire carries a press release from an outfit named Belga concerning a recent opinion poll conducted in Iran. Link.
A recent public opinion survey of Iranians, conducted by The Tarrance Group,
surprisingly found that a vast majority (74%) of Iranians feel America's
presence in the Middle East will increase the probability of democracy in their
own country. The survey, which was the first of its kind, found two-thirds of
Iranians believe that regime change in Iraq has been a positive for both
neighboring countries: with 66% believing that it served Iran's national
interests, while 65% believed the Iraqi people will, in the long-run, be better

Commissioned by the Iran Institute for Democracy, the survey discovered that a
solid majority (65%) of Iranian adults consider fundamental change in Iran's
system of government, especially its Constitution, a must to bring freedom and
more opportunities to their homeland.

Validating reports of widespread discontent with the clerical regime,
three-fourths of Iranians (73%) support the call for a national referendum
through which Iranians are given a chance to choose the form of government of
their choice. Significantly, almost all Iranians reject their government's
attempts to keep exiled Iranians out of the political and economic equation of
Iran. Fully 84% of all Iranians say Iranians living abroad should have a role
in shaping the political and economic future of their homeland.

There has been little doubt for some time that the Iranian people are among the most pro-America population anywhere. The biggest shame is that, while our administration gives lip service to the anti-Mulah demonstrators, we have not supported them in any material way. The breadth of the opposition to the government there in staggering, far more than had been the case in Georgia and Ukraine.

Regime change in Iran should be our number one priority, and all it would take is moral and political suppoirt for the Iranian people. No troops would be needed.


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