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July 16, 2006

On The Israel-Iran War

Topics: Iran

Make no mistake about it. The current war in Gaza and Lebanon is between Iran and Israel. It may appear to be between Israel on one side and Hamas and Hezbollah on the other, with Syria as a covert belligerent. This is a shallow perspective. Hamas is aided by Iran, and Hezbollah and Syria are the fingers of Iran's right hand--just as they were in the terrorist violence leading up to war. (Given the power of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, Lebanon itself is not a sovereign participant in this war--southern Lebanon is only one of the battlefields.) To better understand Iran's role, I am reposting my 4/12/06 blog on Iran.

I have searched the literature for analyses of Islamism and its terrorists that would bare its roots and provide the understanding needed to fight the War on Terror knowledgeably. There is no dearth of studies, reports, and essays, of course, and their diversity of analyses and conclusions, not to mention differences over details, reminds me of the professional head scratching during the first years of the Cold War. Among the most informative and useful article (in pdf) I found is that by Ladan Boroumand and Roya Boroumand. They are Muslim sisters from Iran and professional historians. Ladan Boroumand received her doctorate from the French Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris; her sister Roya earned her doctorate from the Sorbonne.

They point out:

• the Marxist-Leninist and fascist sources of Islamism (missed by a large majority of American analysts);
• the corresponding totalitarian nature of Islamism;
• that Islamism and its terrorism must be clearly distinguished from Islam;
• and that Iran is the home base of Islamism and its associated terrorism.
(continued here)

Posted by Rudy at July 16, 2006 10:08 PM



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