27 May '12, 12pm

How Much Iranian Pain? #Iran #MENA

May 27, 2012: Iran is at war, and has been for decades. But their weapons are not the conventional tanks, warplanes and ships. Instead Iran uses cash, to buy allies (especially in Lebanon and Syria), a special force (Quds) to advise friendly dictators how to remain in power, or pro-Iran rebels (as in Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere) on how to smash the state. At home, Iran practices what it preaches, using secret police and a pro-government militia (Basij) to terrorize opponents. Iran also funds pro-Iran media support wherever it can, via pro-Iran media outlets, or simply by bribing journalists. Cash is an all-purpose weapon. In Syria, Iran is willing to provide up to a billion dollars a month to finance essential imports that are essential to keep the pro-Iran government in power. The Iranian government budget is $453 billion a year, so that billion a ...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iran/articles/20120527.aspx

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