Seizing The Moment For Reform In Iran

January 27, 2010

Thousands of Iranians continue to rally in support of opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi despite an often violent government crackdown. Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says President Obama has an opportunity to help spark democratic change in Iran, but he must act now.

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Since the disputed presidential election last June, hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest, despite beatings, arrests and killings. In today’s Washington Post, columnist Robert Kagan argues that these demonstrators present President Obama with a opportunity for a tear-down-this-wall moment, a brief chance for transformational change in Iran and throughout the Middle East, and a real chance to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions before it’s too late. He writes: The odds of regime change are higher than the odds that the present regime will ever agree to give up its nuclear program.

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