Monday, June 3, 2002


What's going on in Iran? The World has a breaking story with the title, Ruling cleric warns Iran 'on the brink of explosion'. Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini, the deputy Speaker of the Assembly of Experts in Iran, says:

"The people are very dissatisfied, and they are right to be so, and I swear to God that the society is on the brink of explosion."

Is, Reza Pahlavi, son of the Shah of Iran, a potential candidate for leading the country in the future? Here are some quotes by Pahlavi from an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters:

"We cannot have true democracy unless there is separation of church from state."..."The problem is that this system is incapable of reforming. The problem is within the law and the nature of the regime itself."

Here is a quote from Robert Tracinski's article, The Fundamentalist Threat:

"The same phrase, "secular republic," has been shouted in the past few weeks by young anti-government protesters in the streets of Iran. The U.S. needs to give its full support to these secular forces in the Muslim world. But to do this, our leaders have to embrace the idea that America is and ought to be a secular republic�which would require them to renounce the goals of the religious right."