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View Diary: Obama, Hillary, Now is a Good Time for the US to Remain Silent Regarding Iran UPDATED (164 comments)

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  •  Yes, because of the diverse population (0+ / 0-)

    Iran has many different strains.  Some are pro-regime, many are anti-regime, but there are also a lot of people ON THE FENCE.  This middle ground thinks the regime is too harsh but also fears America and becoming like Iraq.  The '09 elections in Iran were genuinely close, whatever the true results were.  We need to let the Greens convert the people in the middle to their cause instead of giving the regime some kind of evidence they can use to scare them.  Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    •  Anti-Corruption and (0+ / 0-)

      Anti Colonialism  are the big drivers in moving the electorate .   Religious freedom is probably a close third.  

      Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

      by Eiron on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 01:33:10 PM PST

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    •  That process is presumably ongoing (0+ / 0-)

      and if it is so weak as to not withstand comments from a hated opponent of the regime, then those efforts require revising. I have a really hard time believing that Hillary's comments about peaceful protestors is getting a lot of wide distribution throughout the Iranian populace.

      Why do I get the feeling that US State in general, and Hillary in particular, would be criticized here for not having said anything? Holding Hillary accountable for somehow slowing the democracy process is just bullshit, she has nothing to do with it, and no one here has even attempted to put forward evidence that her statement has ever caused a rubber bullet to be fired, or a single person to be jailed who wouldn't have been rounded up anyway.

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