Iran should reciprocate Obama's courage
The Daily Star Lebanon / Rami G. Khouri
13-Apr-2009 (2 comments)

It is critically important that these negotiations succeed, because lowering the temperature between the US and Iran and allowing Tehran to enjoy normal relations with the leading Western powers is the single most important way to make progress on the many other localized conflicts and tension points in the Arab word and south Asia region.

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Root of the PROBLEM is not nuclear

by dmonfared on

Even if this particular world class delimma is solved, there will be another issue to replace it. The Islamic regime having nuclear technology is what makes most of us nervous. A theological government is the problem, not the 40 year old technology.

Many of us want and wish for a stable democracy that does not violate human rights, has open foreign policies in place, and most of all it has freedom of speach, religion, and political views.


If we took a private poll on all iranians inside and outside of "Vatan", it will gain atleast 70% of the votes. So, why are we not free? My parents did it to the Pahlavi Regime with an uprise (and we are paying for it now) and it has also succssfully happened repeatedly in the history of the world. People rise up against a government and demand changes. I don't mind that the islamic party or even the mujahedin party to participate in a fair election, but it has to be done by an independent company from outside of Iran.


Are we just lazy or just tierd of politics? What about our children, should they be born in different countries of the world and grow confused like we have?

I'm 31 years old and can speak farsi, english, and spanish. (non of which I can say fluently without an accent) I want to live the rest of my life where I was born (Tehran), listen to the music that I like, and pray to whatever God that I chose to warship. Was this not part of Cyrus the Great "The charter of human rights?" Over 500 years before Christ?

I'm 31 years old and I'm confused. If we don't do anything about it, will the next generation take the lead? I have seen the next generation and they are lost too. These type of forces are getting weaker as time passes by.

Do we do exactly what they want and sit back and try to make the best that we can out of what we have left in time?

If we want freedom, we can't just sit.


2. We need a communication system that would penetrate to as many iranins as possible. Maybe even 50%.

3. We need a well coordinated uprise

4. Most importantly: We need  to care about that old country and its culture, poetry, and beauty so much that we would be willing to risk our lives for

Does anyone have a plan? Have we all given up?

The nuclear program would not make me nervous if the correct gevernment was overseeing it. Although, there are new tecnologies that are surpassing that program now.

I know...I know...My whole blug is fiction...The truth is that we are tierd and we don't want to risk and they look very dangerous. So let's tell our children that they are americans, or turks, or germans, or...

Maybe it was just a dream or even a wish....Thank you, DM

These types of dreams can only be achieved by people such as Murtin Luther King Jr.

David ET

Two Great points of the article :

by David ET on

1- "This is a moment and an opportunity that Iran should not waste, but neither should it gloat about its success to date, or overplay its hand." 


 2- " Iran has a uranium enrichment program, so preventing it from mastering this technology is no longer a realistic goal. Suspending all enrichment does not seem logical either. More realistic, as Harvard University professor Stephen Walt and others argue, is preventing the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb. When I asked another Harvard professor, Steven Miller, a leading American expert on nuclear nonproliferation, who also knows Iran from visits there, what we could expect from such an approach, he quickly listed a series of points that Iran had already said it would accept or would seriously discuss, and that would help ensure that it does not weaponize its nuclear assets. These all relate to inspections of its facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency, enrichment levels and quantities, co-production with Western partners, or working within a regional consortium of states that all use enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. In other words, Miller said, "this suggests that there are arrangements potentially acceptable to Iran that would make it quite difficult for Tehran to secretly use its declared nuclear facilities for weapons purposes.""