Obama Should End Silence on Human Rights Abuses in Iran
Huffington Post / Trita Parsi and Dokhi Fassihian
07-Dec-2009 (3 comments)

Frustration is growing among the Iranian people over the Obama administration's silence on human rights abuses in Iran. Condemnations of Tehran's abhorrent treatment of its people have been few and far between. But before nuclear diplomacy moves towards a premature ending, the Obama administration must act quickly to reinvigorate its human rights agenda. Failure to do so may cause any future focus on Iran's human rights violations to be viewed solely as a means to punish Tehran, rather than a strategic imperative worthy of pursuit in its own right.
The Obama administration made a genuine effort to kick-start diplomacy by focusing on building confidence and turning back the nuclear clock through a deal brokered by the IAEA. But rather than succeeding to build trust and slow Iran's nuclear advances, Tehran is threatening to expand the program ten-fold.
The Obama administration cannot be faulted for not having sought genuine diplomacy with Iran. Washington unilaterally changed the atmospherics between the two countries by reaching out to both the Iranian people and their rulers. Through strategic messaging, the Obama administration helped create circumstances conducive to successful diplomacy.
While the Administration's efforts were genuine, and while the failure to reach an interim deal thus far has more to do with internal Iranian infighting than with Washington's diplomacy, the modalities of the Obama strategy were problematic from the outset.
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Oh! give me a break!

by peace45 on

I dont' remember Trita Parsi praising Bush for constatntly talking about human rights ? hmmm


The so called "neo-cons" who basically are the ex-liberals who were fed up with Demcrats was becaue of the same issue.  They were tired of the silence they were getting from Left in regards to human rights.


Do a google search, Obama never mentioned "human rights' during his campaign, so why should he care now? he got elected by idiots who voted for him.




What do you expect

by IRANdokht on

from the fans of W, Palin, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh? reason and fairness? 

They don't care about facts, they don't care about people's lives and well being either, just their own agenda.



Of course, hawks dont care


Of course, hawks dont care when facts dont comform to their reality. they ignore these messages and brand NIAC as a regime apologist.