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  •  Sound advice, Frank. (1+ / 0-)
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    FrankCornish

    The fact is the US voicing its support for Iranian protestors (and in protestors in any unfriendly regime) only give the government yet another pretext to go after them.

    I really like your idea about getting Turkey involved. PM Erdogan had some really good things to say during the Egyptian uprising. I wonder how much influence Turkey has over Iran at this point.

    If the people one day wish to live / destiny cannot but respond / And the night cannot but disappear / and the bonds cannot but break. -- Abu'l-Qasim al-Shabbi

    by unspeakable on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 04:53:45 PM PST

    •  Well, Turkey has an Embassy (1+ / 0-)
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      and Erdogan seems like a real cool head to me who understands the region's fault lines and history.

      Many people may wish a speedy demise of the Islamic Republic. I do not. I have no love for Khamenei or Ahmadinejad, but any quick unraveling will likely result in military government with someone from the Revolutionary Guards on top. I think it would be better to get actual recognition of minority political parties and a more transparent electoral system out of all this. A transition over ten years could result in a much better Iran, with the least amount of mayhem. It is my firm belief, that only the psychotic benefit from quick collapses and mayhem.

      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 05:14:47 PM PST

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