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November 15, 2011

And another thing: caution the US on Iran.

For a sober assessment, read Simon Jenkins in The Guardian:

If ever there were a country that was once ripe for soft-power diplomacy, it was modern Iran. Yet the west misread Ahmadinejad and then misread such dissenters as Mohammad Khatami and parliament’s speaker, Mehdi Karroubi. It defied pleas from moderates not to impose sanctions, rejecting the argument that Iran needed a strengthened professional, commercial and academic class as counterweight to the military and the mullahs. As with the sanctions imposed on Saddam’s Iraq, Gaddafi’s Libya and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, they have driven Iran’s rulers into a siege economy. Sanctions weaken the forces of pluralism and opposition. They are plainly counterproductive.

  1. Dave permalink
    November 15, 2011 7:20 pm

    And let’s not forget the biggest mistake the US has made with Iran in the last 10 years – ignoring Iran’s efforts to reach out to the US after 9/11.

  2. November 16, 2011 2:20 am

    Bob – very wise guidnace. thanks for sharing.

  3. November 17, 2011 9:01 am

    With all due respect,
    While there might be, to some extent, some truth in the issues of sanction raised; but the stake is that high which makes sitting; watching; and letting a little number of military persons take such a critically important country in an even more important region of the world being taken hostage; an unimaginable option.

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