This piece is highly recommended for those who wish to know more about the similarities of the so-called reformers and hardliners. It also outlines the methods the west should take to defuse the Iranian regime nuclear ambitions and this piece also talks about the possible ways that may lead us to a regime change.
It is very good to hear that there are people like Michael Rubin or Michael Ledeen who truly comprehend the roots of the problems with Iran better than the most Iranians may do.
Mr. Rubin talks of a Polish like version of support for Iranian workers and labor force which is exactly my point too and he also advises the policy makers not to rely on the separatist groups for the sake of some short-term goals which it will make the US lose its long-term ally that is the Iranian people.
I have, personally, believed that a stabilized Iran is the anchor of the stability in the middle east and this brilliant essay proves that I was also right.
I've kept telling people that if we get to stabilize Iran by planting a democratic and free elected government , then there will be less conflict through out the region.
There will be no to little support for terrorist groups in the Palestinian territories and therefore Israel will find herself fighting a few weakened enemies.
Syrian regime would collapse quicker, Lebanon will be a safer place and the regional hardline movements such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad et al will no longer be supported by an Iranian theocratic government.
Get Iran rid of the Mullahcracy and then there will be less insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The most important point of his essay is that the change should be decided by the Iranians inside of Iran and that the Iranians are capable of governing themselves but I also have to say that I can't agree with him that strong opposition groups out of Iran should be excluded. Although I definitely want groups such as MEK/NCRI to be excluded at all costs but there are also potential people and leaders within the Iranian community who shouldn't be ignored as well and can be used to communicate with the Iranian people when necessary.
Any ways, at the end of his short essay Mr. Rubin adds:
"... the United States and Europe should work together to empower the Iranian people to create a truly representative government. An Iranian government reflecting the will and beliefs of the Iranian people is not one which will endanger liberty at home, or life and security abroad."
Overall this is a very good read and I have to appreciate Mr. Rubin for writing this piece.