Sunday, March 25, 2012

Former Islamic Insider Offers Warning

[Listen to an audio podcast of Jeff's interview with Reza Kahlili]

In previous columns I have quoted Reza Kahlili. He was gracious enough to speak with me at length about the nature of the Islamic Republic and the strategic goals of the regime. As a former CIA operative who worked inside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, he understands the strengths and weaknesses of the Islamic Republic. He knows the Islamist mindset, and the errors that plague U.S. policy.

Always the West has attempted to find “moderates” within the Iranian regime. Always, the U.S. has attempted to negotiate and conciliate. Always, the Americans have been duped, refusing to see that the Islamists are enemies of the West. The Islamists, in fact, cannot help themselves. They cannot stop or question the principles that drive them forward. Every success is proof of God’s blessing. “The clerics grow up with the vision that the only way for justice is for infidels to die,” Kahlili explained.

But isn’t Islam the “religion of peace,” as President Bush claimed?

Kahlili laughed, “Religion of peace? If they exploded one nuclear bomb on the Saudi oil fields, it would shut down all production because the oil would have been [radioactively] contaminated. Given our dependence on oil, the resulting calamity would be one of the worst in all history.”



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right off the bat I think the guy is wrong. A nuclear bomb in the middle of the Saudi oil fields would be the best thing that could happen in the US. Energy independence is now relatively easily within our grasp with fracking tech and other tech under development. Get rid of the threat to investors of 30 dollar Saudi oil and stand back. I think we should give a couple of nukes to the Saudis that can only be targeted on Iranian oil fields and encourage a duel. Let them eat sand as Allah intended.

9:34 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

"would be the best thing that could happen in the US."

Really oil would spike to hundreds $$$ per barrel it would flow to the highest bidder, the would economies would turn to shit... how is that good for the US?

"give a couple of nukes to the Saudis"

Dude? Who do think paid for the Pak nukes? they already have nukes, or at a minimum access to them, the question is, can they screw them to the top of the American missiles they own, or would buy sometime in the near future?

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheap ME oil is the only thing keeping the US from being energy independent. We have plenty that could be recovered profitably at 60 per, but ME OPEC members could drive the price to half that overnight if they wanted, so the oil stays in the ground here at home. Take that out of the equation and a boom will ensue at home. Sure, it would be a rough two or three years in some sectors as the infrastructure is built up, but energy independence would be worth it and pay off quickly.

11:21 AM  

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