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”Thank you for such a professionally written and fascinating article. I would appreciate a follow-up article on what Americans can do to exploit this uprising in Iran.”— Bill (Sandyston, NJ)
Answer: Thank you for your comments. I’m very glad to hear that you’re interested in learning more about the realities of Iran, from the widespread anti-government protests to the escalating crackdowns by the regime. Americans can do a great deal to “exploit this uprising” of the Iranian people and the organized opposition — the more people demand to hear the story of the Iranian opposition, the more United States government leaders and the media will be compelled to bring it into the public debate about the options for dealing with Iran. I shall certainly do a follow-up article about this issue soon.
"Why is this story not the lead story on every newscast? I knew things were bad in Iran, but not to this degree. This story should be told to every college student to show how fortunate it is to be educated in a free society. Thank you.” — Nate
Answer: Thank you for your comments. You are not alone in your bewilderment about the lack of coverage about the realities of Iran and the existence of the Iranian pro-democracy movement. Hopefully, as more people like you express interest in this issue, the subject will become part of the mainstream debate about the options for dealing with Iran.
“As a Christian American, I commend you on your research of the Iranian dictatorship that now empowers that part of the world. To keep it simple, I have long looked at Iran birthing the anti-Christ since the bible declares that is where (as well as possibly Turkey and Iraq) the end time deceiver could come from. Unfortunately, in America, we could use to tighten the reins of capital punishment to those found guilty of death crimes instead of building more prisons and feeding them from taxpayers' dollars. Thank you for your time.”— G.W.
Answer: Thank you for your comments. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, it is clear to see the cruel, oppressive and murderous nature of the Iranian regime and the devastating effects that these characteristics have on the people of Iran. The Iranian regime routinely tortures and executes those who dare to criticize it, thereby showing its true colors as a brutal dictatorship.
”First let me say that we the American people realize that it is not the entire Muslim population that has all the same beliefs, but when you read articles like this, you can definitely understand why the majority of the American population cannot tolerate some of the Muslim beliefs. While we all have murderers and sinners among our own, thieves, rapists, etc., only the worst of the worst get execution here and definitely not by stoning. We believe that all people should have the right to their beliefs and way of life as long as it does not interfere or hinder someone else's. Most American neighborhoods have a common mixture of Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Hebrews and what else as a community. You rarely see someone causing other neighbors grief because of their religion, because each seems to mind their own, but when you see religions condemning another like Iran's president making comments about obliterating Israel from the map or wishing that all Americans would die, I can definitely understand how our intolerance is growing. Very sad when each country can't seem to take care of its own but demand that the rest of the world follow their belief and that only theirs is right.” — Tina
Answer: You clearly understand the hypocrisy that is rampant at the heart of the Iranian regime. The atrocities that the leadership in Iran has made in the name of religion are unparalleled in our time. These actions such as stoning to death and chopping ones hands are in fact anti-Islam and are unprecedented in the history of the religion. As you note, even though the Iranian regime neglects, oppresses and brutalizes its own people, it is vigorously committed to spreading its brand of Islamic fundamentalist rule to Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. Thankfully, when President Ahmadinejad tries to lecture the world on democracy and human rights, most people, including Iranians, do not take him seriously. I believe, as do many members of U.S. Congress and the European Parliament, that the regime’s days are numbered due to the growing force of the Iranian resistance, which seeks to replace the Islamic fundamentalist government with a secular democracy.
“Sir, Great article! Airborne!” — Lt. Matthew Fecteau
Answer: Thank you very much for reading and responding to my article. I appreciate your enthusiasm! A free and democratic Iran will significantly contribute to peace and tranquility in the region, particularly in Iraq.
“Thank you for your insightful report. I knew that Iran was in bad shape but could not explain it. It is unfortunate that in the year 2007 we still find regimes who oppress the people. And, with all due respect, it seems to be the way of Islam. I pray for the people of Iran. May they find the God of peace and hope.” — Luis
Answer: Thank you for reading my article and for taking the time to respond. Contrary to the attention being given to the splinter Islamic groups that promote fundamentalism, violence and terrorism, this is not “the way of Islam.” The vast majority of Muslims throughout the world adhere to a peaceful, enriching and life-enhancing practice of Islam that does not in the least resemble the form that has been so viciously manufactured by terrorists and dictators. The main victims of the clerical rulers of Tehran are Muslims themselves. Tens of thousands of members of the Iranian opposition, who have been devoted Muslims, have been killed by the ruling regime in Iran, because they opposed the misuse of religion in the hands of terrorist rulers of Tehran. Today’s widespread misconception about Islam — created by a fraction of deluded individuals — is one of the great tragedies of our time. I thank you for praying for the people of Iran.
“In regards to your article about "Tehran's casualty list" thank you for bringing these things to light. Please continue. I think most Americans take their freedom for granted. They need to hear about these things that happen in Iran. I hope and pray for the people of Iran and other places that have leadership that does the same thing, that they will be safe and have peace in their life. It is hard for me, as an American Catholic woman to understand these things. I am grateful for the freedom I have. My prayer is always that these dictators around the world will have a ‘change of heart’ and that they will see what they are doing is so wrong. Thanks again for letting us know about these things so that we can continue to pray for the people of Iran and Iraq, etc.” — Donna
Answer: Thank you for responding to my article. It is difficult for all Iranians to understand how their leadership can do everything in its power to wreak havoc with the people, the economy and Iran’s place in the world. Those who had glorious hopes for Iran after the fall of the Shah in 1979 were bitterly disappointed when Ayatollah Khomeini stole the revolution and installed the oppressive and violent regime that remains in power today. But they also have hope that the Iranian opposition movement, which is working to replace the Iranian regime with a secular democracy, will continue to gain international support and succeed. That will be a great victory for not only Iran, but also the rest of the region and the world.
“Keep up the great reporting.” — Stephen
Answer: Thank you for your feedback; I appreciate it very much. Hope to welcome you in a free and democratic Iran soon.
“Dear Mr. Jafarzadeh, What a great article on the tremendous internal problems in Iran. A good friend and I have discussed Mideast problems for years and our thoughts have been reinforced (and confirmed) by your article. It's saddening that even with $78 oil, the world's second largest oil producer can't help more than 90 percent of it's population and economy. Quite possibly, there are two huge outflows of the oil monies that need to be identified: (1) financing insurgencies and terrorists and (2) corruption and graft.
Hopefully the USA and it's allies can "hang on" long enough for the internal implosions of Iran and Syria so we can start working with the common people of these nations for a peaceful existence. I've told my daughters (ages 14 and 16) that I hope that in 10-15 years our demands for oil for our transportation needs are 10 percent of today's usage. I'm hopeful that we'll be utilizing electricity, hydrogen or other sources and our demand for mid-east (and South American) oil is next to nothing. But, I've added the caveat to my daughters: If you think the Mideast countries (and young population) are hurting today at $78 oil, think of the turmoil when the demand, by the USA, for their only export drops dramatically and the price drops as well. There will be an explosion in these countries and, I'm afraid as well, fury towards the USA. If we can't control our borders today we need to look ahead to our security because we will be in more trouble if the extremists blame us for their future troubles when they should be looking at their own government and leaders. I do enjoy reading your work. Thank you very much” — Roger
Answer: I appreciate your thoughtful comments in response to my article. You are right on the mark about the impending “implosion” in Iran: the escalating anti-government sentiment throughout the country reveals that the regime’s days are numbered. As much as the clerics in Iran try to distract the West from the chaos occurring at home, the real story of Iran is being told and the voices of its outraged population are being heard. The Iranian resistance, which seeks to replace the Islamic fundamentalist regime with a secular democracy, is building international support for its goals. When the resistance succeeds, it will not create “fury towards the USA,” as you mention, but rather a new era of cooperation and friendly relations between Iran and western countries. When Iran is a democratic nation, Iraq and the entire region will finally have the opportunity to flourish and stabilize.
“I would just like to say thank you for your information about Iran. I am concerned about the whole Iran thing and I don’t want war with Iran, but it seems that Iran’s government wants war with us. I just hope the Iranian people learn from the Jews and what happened to them. This seems like the same think. It’s not yet on such a grand of a scale, but when all those prisons get built, I bet thing will get much worse for the Iranian people. I am scared for them and hope they don’t let those prisons get built before they stand and take back their government. We are in Iraq now and under much world scrutiny. I am not for the pull out plan either. Vietnam was lost because of Congress and Iraq is in jeopardy now because of the same people alive during Vietnam (some even being over there) that are making the same dumb mistake Congress made back then. That lets me know who are the crooked people in Washington. No one makes that mistake twice unless it’s deliberate! I will pray to God for the Iranian people and can only hope God will spare them, but really, some things are destine to happen. Thank you for your time and for letting me share a few thought with you” — Karan
Answer: Thank you for your thoughtful response to my article. It is the hope of many Iranians that they will succeed to “stand up and take back their government,” as is your kind hope for them. They are committed to doing this through the well-organized Iranian resistance which seeks to replace the fundamentalist regime with a secular democracy. I agree with you that there is no need for war with Iran, as I also agree with you that something is “destined to happen” in Iran — that the Iranian people will be empowered to reclaim their country and thereby bring human rights and dignity to Iran as well as stability to the entire region.
“As bad as this sounds, Ahmadinejad is just doing what needs to be done to keep peace and order. You see what happens when the central government (Iraq) is not strong. That is, all the people in that part of the world understand. They cannot conceive of democracy. Thanks.” — Ron
Answer: Thank you for responding to my article. I must disagree, however, that the people of Iran “cannot conceive of democracy.” Unlike other countries in the region, Iran has a very organized and powerful opposition movement seeking democratic change. The greatest domestic threat to the Iranian regime is the Iranian opposition movement, which seeks to replace the Islamic fundamentalist regime with a secular democracy. This resistance, known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has established a government in exile complete with a constitution based on human rights, international cooperation, and other elements of Western democracies. The main group within this parliament-in-exile, the Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK, has some 3,500 of its members stationed in Ashraf City, Iraq. The resistance has support from many world leaders, including members of the U.S. Congress and the European Union parliament, as well as a large number of secular minded Iraqi parliamentarians and is considered by many to be the most viable option for democratic change in Iran.
You are not alone in not being aware of this vital and active Iranian pro-democracy movement, but as the movement and its supporters continue to promote their message, their work will increasingly become part of the mainstream debate about how to deal with Iran.
“Thanks for your article. Here are some questions:
1.) What actions could the U.S. take to ‘reach out’ to the Iranian populace?
2.) Many U.S. policy makers have advocated the bombing of Iranian oil refineries or the blockading of Iranian ports as a way to get the Quds Force out of Iraq. Won't such a move hurt the Iranian people by raising the cost of their gasoline even further?
3.) My suggestions: A.) Mine every Iraq-Iran border crossing point. The only way to get into Iraq from Iran would be by foot. B.) Covert assassinations of the mullahs via Beirut-style car bombings.Thanks.” — Gerard
Answer: Thank you for reading and responding to my article. In regards to actions that the U.S. can take to reach out to the Iranian people, this is already happening in terms of the population’s exposure to the Internet, which brings the Western world to Iran’s doorstep. The very young population of Iran — 65 percent of the people are under the age of 30 — are very well aware of the freedoms of the Western world and how they clash with the oppressive and brutal practices of the Iranian regime. But most importantly, the organized opposition, which has a secular and democratic platform, has been at the forefront of opposition to the regime and has paid a high price to expose the Iranian regime and bring hope for all Iranians that change is feasible. This makes up the main motivation for the thousands of anti-government protests that occur in Iran every year. The U.S. can reach out by supporting the pro-democracy movement that seeks to install a secular, democratic government in Iran to replace the Islamic fundamentalist regime. This support is the most viable option for dealing with the wide-ranging challenges posed by the Iranian regime. I discuss this issue in several other e-mail responses below. Once this option is pursued, there would be no need to follow your suggestions.
“Remember Sir, a vast sector of today's American society is "liberal." On American soil, that word means everything from a body of ignorant self-righteous elitists to haters of anything which embraces traditional American culture and ethics. Nearly half of our federal politicians (Democrat mostly) do not give a damn about brutality, torture, murder and mass extermination as long as it is somewhere else. This is evidenced by comments made and stands taken against the war against Saddam's brutal regime. These politicians are poised to gain all power in the U.S. I fear it is as it was in pre-WWII; the world knew an especially evil man was in power of a nation which gave him the means to wage war on a global scale and engage in mass murder. Yet the world did nothing until it was too late. About seventy years later and we're about to make the same mistake again. Only this time the stakes are much higher.” — Sonny
Answer: Thank you for your comments. I certainly agree that the world faces a very real threat in the Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, which is represented most visibly by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But I also hold out hope that the Iranian people and their leading opposition movement are determined and capable of replacing the regime with a secular democracy. The world leaders who support this option include members of the U.S. Congress and European Parliament, in addition to tens of thousands of Iraqis. You are correct in stating that the stakes are very high today in terms of the threat posed by the Iranian regime, a threat that encompasses its nuclear ambitions, bloody intervention in Iraq and sponsorship of terrorist groups throughout the Middle East.
“I agree with your assertion that Iran is fighting a proxy war with the U.S. in Iraq (and has been for some time now). I would also say Iran has been explosively imperialistic, attempting to foster military jihad as well as economic ties around the world. They have relationships with various Caribbean, African and Asian countries. I think they were instrumental in (largely unsuccessfully) waging revolutionary war in Ethiopia, Somalia and other parts of Africa. They successfully took over the Gaza Strip, having trained and armed Hamas. Their long-term goal is to export their peculiar brand of revolution around the world, much as the former Soviet Union's doctrine stated. However, unlike other Communist dictatorships, their ultimate goal is to inflict Radical Islam around the world; to destroy, conquer, subjugate and enslave all non-Muslims. Religious tolerance is not a principle they espouse. I would point out that Iran declared war on the U.S. around 30 years ago. It's only in the past several years they have been able to make good on the threat. We unfortunately have been largely ignoring them.
Iran has repeatedly stated their goal is the annihilation of the U.S. and Israel. I think it's high time we take this threat very seriously, and respond. Iran now has one of the world's largest standing armies, with nearly one million soldiers and an active reserve of another 11 million men and women. This manpower capability rivals that of China. I would only point out that at the time of the first Persian Gulf War in 1991, Iraq had the fourth largest army in the world, and after several painful weeks, fell to about the 143rd. My question for you is, do you think a selective military strike against the Iranian government, to ‘lop off its head,’ would be a successful tactic? If we could simultaneously wipe out the top leaders in the Iranian government, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the religious leaders that pretty much control his conduct, then moderate Iranian leaders could fill the power vacuum.
I would further like to see more of your analysis of various ways we could deal with Iran and its expansionist policies. It's important to explore various avenues of approach and their consequences. I think many folks don't spend much time really thinking about it and are liable to adopt the expedient ‘nuke 'em til they glow’ sort of attitude. Turning Tehran into a "glass parking lot" just isn't a viable solution.” — Dan
Answer: Thank you very much for your insightful comments. You are exactly right about the Iranian regime’s expansionist goals and its very real threat to security in the Middle East. Regarding your question about the option of a military strike to “wipe out” the leaders of the regime, I strongly believe that this would be a disastrous course. If the United States, which is already considered by Muslim fundamentalist extremists to be engaged in waging war on the entire Muslim world, were to invade Iran with a military strike, it would transform the regime’s image from an oppressor into that of a victim. This would further inflame Iran’s proxy terrorist groups throughout the Middle East to step up their violent agenda. Regarding your question about how to deal with Iran and its expansionist policies, I believe that the most realistic course is to support the organized opposition in Iran that seeks to replace the fundamentalist regime with a secular democracy. This option does not entail committing foreign troops, risking an invasion with all its drastic consequences or continuing along a long-failing strategy of appeasement with the regime. Many members of U.S. Congress believe that if the world lends its moral, intellectual and political support to the Iranian resistance, i.e. removing any and all restrictions against the main Iranian opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK, the Iranian people can reclaim their country and bring stability to the entire region.
“You obviously have a solid handle on the Iranian problem in Iraq. I’m certainly interested in what you see as a potential solution.” — Anthony
Answer: Thank you very much for this question; please see the detailed response about a solution that I wrote to Hendrik below.
“I hope you are well. "U.S., Iran to Discuss Iraq in Meeting Later This Week" is an excellent article. Could tell me why the U.S. State Department engages in such time buying negotiations with the mullahs while there is so much evidence supporting your argument. Is the State Department lacking informed and sensible analysts? What are they afraid of when thinking to give your line of reasoning a chance to prove itself? Do you see the danger that this foolish line of ‘engagement’ will threaten U.S. citizens all over the world? I hope someone in the State Department will take note of your remarks sooner than it would be too late. Best Regards.” — Masoud
Answer: Thank you for your interesting and very relevant comment. The State Department, for many years, has held out hope that the government in Iran contains a few reasonable, “moderate,” rational elements that would like to join the international community and lessen Iran’s isolation. This is an admirable goal, however nothing in the past three decades indicates that the Iranian regime is the least bit interested in moving toward cooperation. In fact, as the many aggressive and violent acts undertaken by the regime since the election of President Ahmadinejad show, the clerics in Iran are more committed than ever to expanding Islamic fundamentalist rule to the rest of the region — starting with Iraq — and condemning the West and everything it stands for. Like you, I hope the U.S. and other governments will soon see the fallacy of engagement with Iran and face the hard truth that the ayatollahs in Tehran are the number-one enemies of peace in the Middle East.
“I have no questions, Alireza! But only to comment that I lived in Iran for 18 years (bore and raised my children there) and even remained throughout the Iran-Iraq war. You are the first person that I have read their article regarding the situation in Iran and wanted to thank you for such good reporting. In all my years there and seeing several mini-uprisings I always wondered why there was not more support for the ‘locals’ in order to be able to carry through. I saw very many sad instances of uprisings being totally squashed and silenced rather than supported. At any rate, please keep up the good work and keep my adopted ‘homeland’ in the forefront. Best wishes!” — Jerry
Answer: You’re right on the mark, the international community needs to support the people of Iran instead of turning a blind eye to their struggle. Tehran has suppressed the uprisings of the people through shear repression since 1981. But the recent surge in the anti-government demonstrations and the regime's response by public hangings is a clear indication that the Ayatollahs have built their house on sand. Thank you for the kind words. Hope the next time you travel to Iran it will be to visit the free and democratic Iran, free of ruling Ayatollahs.
“Thank you for your enlightening article. I am currently reading Yossef Bodansky’s ‘Target America: Terrorism in the U.S.,’ which was written back in 1993. It describes how Iran came to be the leader of state sponsored terrorism after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and it foretells much of what has happened since the book was written. I am amazed at how much information is available regarding fundamentalist, militant, Islamic extremist ideology, yet we are shocked when something like 9/11 happens. The bottom line is that all nationalities and all religions should be able to co-exist peacefully in the world and secular democracies seem the best way to attain this lofty goal. I support your efforts!” — Scott Wilhelm
Answer: You are absolutely right. As the State Department has noted, Iran has been the leading state sponsor of terrorism for the past two decades, funding and orchestrating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Argentina and the bombing of the Khobar Towers in 1996, for example. In its report, the 9/11 Commission even noted that Iran had given safe haven to a number of the Al Qaeda operatives that were involved in attacks on New York and Washington. Iran’s role in supporting Islamic extremism globally is pivotal and one cannot meaningfully go about fighting terrorism without confronting Iran’s role. The best way to deal with the Iranian regime is to bring it under international pressure and support the people of Iran and opposition groups (they have said that they do not need money or arms, they only need political understanding), who want exactly what you describe — l a secular democracy.
“Diplomacy has never worked with thugs who are drunk with power and the blood of their enemies. Persia has a great history and a reputation for high intelligence and innovation. For the life of me, I cannot understand how its people are allowing this to happen to themselves and their children's children. I am afraid that I see nothing but blood and fire in the future of the State of Iran. Courage — is it so lacking in today's Persia? Are there no brave men and women willing to stand up to bullies, thugs and murderers?” — M.
Answer: The Iranian regime’s history at the negotiating table shows, as you point out, that diplomacy is not an option in dealing with the clerical regime. There is no lack of bravery amongst Iranians. A recent book published by Iran's main opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI, also known as the Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK) includes the names, particulars and pictures of 20,000 Iranians, mostly the youth, who were murdered by the Iranian regime because they chose to stand up against the ruling Ayatollahs.
For many years now, there have been regular protests from all sectors of society, all across the country. However, because of the state’s enormous repression, and because of the international community’s repeated willingness to turn a blind eye, the opposition against the regime has been severely harmed. Many members of Congress believe that the US State Department’s policy of blacklisting the main organized group opposing the Iranian regime, the MEK, has had a tremendous negative effect by significantly hampering the ability of the opposition to the Ayatollahs to operate. In a case such as Iran’s, where the population is restive but is constantly suppressed, the largest organized opposition, i.e. the MEK can play a critical role in galvanizing support against the regime into a much more powerful force.
“I read your article about the intelligence activities of the IRGC and the subordination of the MOIS to the IRGC with great interest. I served in Iraq as the director of a counterintelligence unit and am familiar with both organizations. I retired from the Air Force Reserve a year ago but continue to study the IRGC. It is difficult to find detailed articles about the activities of the IRGC such as your recent article. You did not cite any sources for the information you presented as fact. Is the story based on your conversations with Iranians who wish to remain unnamed? Are there any published sources for the information you provide, especially about the methods of recruiting and handling sources by the IRGC? Thank you for your article.” — Steven
Answer: Thank you for the great question. My sources are inside Iran, associated with the main Iranian opposition, and these are the sources who have been proven accurate in the past. In my new book, The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave: 2007), I discuss in detail the activities of the IRGC as they relate to its different operations. Chapter six in particular details the IRGC’s activities in Iraq, and chapters seven through 10 discuss the IRGC’s essential role in Iran’s nuclear weapons program. All the sources that I can reveal are cited in the book as well.
“Your excellent work definitely qualifies you as an expert on affairs in the region. That being said I have a question. What are the implications to Israel, in terms of an Iranian threat, should the U.S. pullout of Iraq in the near future? I am currently examining different scenario outcomes for a modeling and simulation exercise and would solicit your input.” — Rick
Answers: Thanks for your comments. As the clerics have said repeatedly, they oppose Israel as well as moderate Arab governments. Ahmadinejad is both a threat to Israel as well as to a number of Muslim nations. Iran is funding and sponsoring many Islamic extremist groups with the hope of giving Iran leverage in the region or leading to the establishment of sister Islamic Republics in the region. However, the way to deal with this threat is not to start a military attack, but to support the indigenous opposition movement that is determined to affect democratic change in Iran.
Regarding Iraq: The coalition forces can withdraw when Iraq is secure; anything short of that could precipitate a disaster for Iraqis, the Middle East and the world. American withdrawal before Iraq is stable and secure is exactly what Tehran wants, since that would give it an unfettered hand in Iraq to further train terrorists and cause chaos, and to expand its influence in the region. Knowing that Tehran is the main source of violence and instability in Iraq, the best strategy to facilitate success in Iraq and the departure of the US Forces would be a three-pronged strategy:
A.) Cutting off Iran's arm in Iraq by dismantling its vast network in the country, including its proxy militias and front organizations. This would entail stopping the flow of Iranian weapons and funds and arresting the regime’s agents.
B.) Empowering the more moderate and nationalist forces of Iraq, including Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds who are not tied to Tehran and are truly committed to a unified Iraq. U.S. military commanders as well as prominent Iraqis have declared that the main Iranian opposition based in Ashraf City, Iraq, 60 miles north of Baghdad in the Diyala province, has played a major role in facilitating the empowerment of Iraqi moderates and in acting as the counter balance to the Iranian regime's influence in Iraq.
C.) Weakening an already crippled Iranian regime by removing any and all restrictions on the Iranian opposition groups who are already engaged in anti-government demonstrations and are seeking democratic change in Iran.
Alireza Jafarzadeh is a FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst and the author of "The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Jafarzadeh has revealed Iran's terrorist network in Iraq and its terror training camps since 2003. He first disclosed the existence of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility and the Arak heavy water facility in August 2002.
Prior to becoming a contributor for FOX, and until August 2003, Jafarzadeh acted for a dozen years as the chief congressional liaison and media spokesman for the U.S. representative office of Iran's parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, is credited with exposing Iranian nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak in 2002, triggering International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. He is the author of "The Iran Threat" (Palgrave MacMillan: 2008). His email is Jafarzadeh@ncrius.org, and is on twitter @A_Jafarzadeh.