British Experts say Regime Change in Iran is a Powder Keg

25 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>British Experts say Regime Change in Iran is a Powder Keg</h1><p>May 25 (LPAC)--Two experts testifying before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons said a military strike against Iran would rally the population in support of Iran's nuclear program. One of the speakers also blasted John Bolton and Michael Ledeen by name for calling for regime change.</p><p>Dr. Ali Ansari of St. Andrews University argued that Iran's nuclear program is "by and large a defensive measure" and a "sign of modern achievement." Calling for a political approach he warned against John Bolton and Michael Ledeen's call for regime change through fomenting ethnic tensions. Ansari called this policy "pernicious" and "that is the one truly red line that I wish the likes of John Bolton and Michael Ledeen" and "other neo-con favorites would really stop talking about. It's a real powder keg."</p><p>Although nuclear weapons expert Dr. Frank B. Barnaby said Iran is between five and ten years away from building a bomb, if their "nuclear facilities are bombed, this would produce such a popular support including among the scientific community, for the government, that they would accelerate their program and they could do it within two years." According to a report in today's <em>Jerusalem Post</em> , Barnaby, who works for the Oxford Research Group, said Iran could not build enough weapons quick enough in order to use them offensively. Iran "could only build one bomb every three or four years.... It just isn't feasible" and an offensive weapon "isn't a military option."</p></div></body>