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  •  If we don't say anything (0+ / 0-)

    then Iranian News Agencies can't report it. When we do, we make their job easy.

    This has been their line since June 2009, and we keep singing it with them.

    Expressing our support has an opposite effect with many inside Iran. The Green Movement has never asked for our support in any way.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 11:00:25 AM PST

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    •  I don't get your objections (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course the Green Movement wouldn't solicit American support overtly, as we see the dictatorship already declaring them to be stooges of America, and agents of foreign intervention. Nevertheless, if they ever take power, they will likely be involved in unprecedented levels of engagement with their US counterparts, assuming an overthrow of the despots.

      Are you saying that repression will increase solely as a result of bland support for democracy as expressed by American officials a million miles away from Tehran? If that were true, the regime would have toppled long ago.

      •  I'm saying that this (2+ / 0-)
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        current statement and US policy actions have had the effect of reinforcing the hardliners.

        It's a bit like Tug-o-war; I think we should drop the rope.

        You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

        by FrankCornish on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 12:24:30 PM PST

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      •  "unprecedented levels of engagement with US" (0+ / 0-)

        Well, I doubt if the levels will be higher than under our puppet monarch, the Shah of Iran, whose installation at the hands of the CIA is the cause of our present difficulties . . .

        "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

        by bobdevo on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 01:19:22 PM PST

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    •  The Iranian hardliners (0+ / 0-)

      are now calling for the execution of the opposition leaders.  Do you propose we keep quiet because the hardliners might use our statements as propaganda, or does the US speak up and keep the pressure on the government to ensure they can't just stomp the opposition into the ground?

      In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

      by Cixelsyd on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 03:18:33 PM PST

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