06 January 2010


The Iranian regime is doomed. It has failed at one of the basic precepts of Machiavelli- be as ruthless as you need to be but never incur the hatred of the people. This is evident from the widespread opposition to this illicit regime. It includes not only students, but women, young people, alienated unemployed workers, and even dissident clerics. This opposition has not been silenced. On the contrary; it grows stronger every day, not just in Tehran, but across the country.

But rather than move in the right direction today Secretary Clinton announced that there is no hard-and-fast deadline for Iran, despite Obama previously saying that they had until December to make a deal. The message from this is administration to the Iranian regime is that no matter what you do we’ll accommodate you. The December deadline was for a U.N. deal to swap most of Iran’s enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. The deal was supposed to reduce Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium, which would limit its ability to make nuclear weapons.

The administration’s attempt to engage this evil regime, even as its legitimacy collapses, has been a total failure. Now is the time to stand with the Iranian people and end this shameful policy. Despite repressive measures, opposition is growing and at no time has the regime been more vulnerable.
Instead this lunatic regime continues towards its goal of making nuclear weapons while oppressing its people, now confident that no one in the world is going to do anything about it. The only way to end this nightmare is to support the Iranian people, who can overthrow this regime with enough encouragement. We must not be indifferent to their fate.

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