Iran: Do you really know what you are talking about?

Since Hillary Clinton and John McCain are both well-established Iran-baiters it might be a good idea for the rational humans among us to develop our thinking on Iran based on actual knowledge and understanding of the facts.  Somebody has to do it and in keeping with tradition the major party candidates are not up to the task.

So where should we look to understand the Iranian “problem” better. 

In the book department Scott Ritter, the former Iraq nuclear inspection chief, has written  Target Iran, which  reviews Iran’s nuclear program from the perspective of someone with first hand knowledge of the subject.  In All the Shah’s Men, Steven Kinzer details the CIA sponsored coup that ended democracy in Iran in 1952 and replaced it with the brutal Shah of Iran.

More recently,Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council has written Treacherous Alliance. This book describes the tangeled relationship among the US, Iran and Israel. Dr. Parsi was born in Iran, grew up in Sweden and earned his Doctorate at John Hopkins under (among others) Francis Fukuyama and Zbigniew Brzezinski. I’d say that’s a pretty interesting and useful perspective to balance against that of two of our least favorite Senators.

The NIAC has also just launched a brand new blog. I suspect this will be an invaluable source of information and analysis that won’t appear in the mainstream media as well as a great place to make your comments and hopefully enrich the debate in a positive way. I doubt you will have that opportunity on Fox News.

2 comments for “Iran: Do you really know what you are talking about?

  1. Liz
    March 4, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Also don’t forget IranAffairs especially their “Blast from the Past” post (look upper right)

  2. March 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Hello,

    I wanted to thank you for the shout-out on our new blog. your commentary about the lack of issue-experts making these key decisions in US policy circles is dead on.

    The key as always is educating the public as well as policy makers, and we hope that here at NIAC we are making inroads in this arena.

    Thanks again, and we invite your readers to drop by and share their thoughts or join NIAC.

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