Iran: A Yeltsin Moment is Needed
asharq alawsat / Amir Taheri
14-Aug-2009 (3 comments)

...this regime has brought us to a point at which we are killing each other in the streets. It is time to move beyond it and the ideology that produced it. The revolution, good or bad, is in the past. Khomeini, good or bad, is long dead. We are alive and we must learn to live together. Only a pluralist system would allow us to do so.

Such a message may not be enough to persuade Iran's "rooks" to fly back to their nests. But it would sound more credible than the claim of the quartet that they are defending Khomeinism against Khamenei and Ahmadinejad.

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The Revolution is not dead

by liberation08 on

It is an interesting article and a good read, but i disagree with its concusions 

The Revolutionary Guard Corp is not monolithic. Polls have found that 75% of revolutionary guards voted for Khatami

Khomeini was too powerful and influential to be defied. Times have changed. The rahbari was only suitable for a leader of Khomeini's stature. The Islamic system should evolve, not dissolve

Niloufar Parsi


by Niloufar Parsi on

A great read. quite convincing, though the comparisons with russia are a little tenuous. different countries and settings.



maybe sound advice, but not from Taheri,

by Q on

This proven neo-conservative liar is so far outside the mainstream, that he would damage even the few good ideas he would stumble upon.