December 30, 2009

IT'LL NEVER HAVE NUKES, IT WILL BE A LIBERAL DEMOCRACY:

Iranian protests need symbolic act from Obama: A White House meeting with dissident Shirin Ebadi would send a signal of US support for protesters. The Islamic regime fears the ideals that Ms. Ebadi champions – even to the point of arresting her innocent sister. (The Monitor's Editorial Board / December 29, 2009, CS Monitor)

Ms. Ebadi contends that the West has a bigger stake in helping create a democratic Iran than in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. A government in Tehran that is freely elected would have far less interest in threatening its neighbors.

Given the widening dissent in Iran, it may be time for President Obama to invite Ebadi to the White House for a high-profile visit. Such a public meeting would send a signal to Iranians that the United States stands for the same ideals that Ebadi has championed.


The UR just won't have had anything to do with that fact, As standoff with Iran continues, U.S. prepares targeted sanctions: Glenn Kessler, 12/30/09, Washington Post)
Now, in what may be a difficult balancing act, officials say the administration wants to carefully target sanctions to avoid alienating the Iranian public -- while keeping the door ajar to a resolution of the struggle over Iran's nuclear program. The aim of any sanctions is to force the Tehran government to the negotiating table, rather than to punish it for either its apparent push to develop a nuclear weapon or its treatment of its people. [...]

Throughout the year, Obama had reached out directly to the Iranian leadership, through video messages and two personal letters to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in an effort to break through the antagonism and distrust that had built up since the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy. When the protests over a disputed presidential election began in June, Obama's initial response was muted to keep the prospects for engagement open.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 30, 2009 6:47 AM
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