Nir Boms and Shayan Arya
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Policy experts continue to debate the best approach that should be implemented with the current Iranian leadership – but before getting there, they need to answer a key question regarding the strength of their potential adversary in Tehran.
Many believe that the Islamic regime in Iran is strong. That it is there to stay and – perhaps thanks to the misguided American policies in the Middle East – it is going even stronger. They point to the growing influence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. They also look at the high prices of oil and the Islamic Republic’s ability to make life very difficult for America and its allies.