Reject the Ruling Psychopathology
by Michael S. Rozeff
Tom Ridge is a Republican and a notable U.S. political figure.
Tom Ridge wants the U.S. to overturn or subvert the Iranian regime from within. See his op-ed here. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors are once again inspecting Iran in a 3-day visit right now, but Ridge wants the U.S. to act “unilaterally and decisively.” He wants the U.S. openly to support (and fund? and train? and make promises to?) anti-regime groups. He wants the U.S. to declare that it’s out for “regime change” in Iran.
He means it when he uses the word “unilateral”, for he speaks of the “impotence” of the U.N. resolutions and the West’s sanctions.
Is subversion an act of war? There is no book of international law that answers this question. Some people say yes, some say no. It clearly depends on the nature of the subversive acts, which can range from protests to assassinations and sabotage. But no matter how it is classified, U.S. support of subversion and open declaration of a goal of regime change is or would be hostile. It is open interference and intervention into Iran’s political processes by the U.S. government. How would the U.S. react if Iran supported groups inside America who wanted drastic regime change here?
And what does regime change mean? Iran has had numerous elections, not all squeaky clean, but then America’s cities, states, and even national elections have never been free from being stolen or paid for either. Iran already has its form of democracy. It already has means of changing its leaders, directions, and policies. So what does regime change mean?
Regime change must mean more than a change of leadership to Tom Ridge. If regime change means changing the political process itself or Iran’s form of government, then he is calling for revolution. And revolution is what he’s calling for, as his reference to the Arab Spring suggests: “In this era of the Arab Spring it is time to support regime change in Iran, from within”. And even if he means steps short of revolution, though it’s hard to imagine what they might be, he’s still calling for rank interference into another nation’s political affairs. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would turn over in their graves if they heard this.