Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Talking to Iran

Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi:
    George W Bush has repeatedly pledged America's support of Iranians in their struggle for freedom and democracy. To engage with the current Islamic Republic in these circumstances would render America's moral pact hollow and meaningless. It would be a further tragedy if, after failing to introduce democracy by force in Iraq, Washington now underwrites tyranny by diplomacy in Iran.

4 comments:

chester said...

"tyranny by diplomacy"

Great line by Reza Pahlavi. (though I disagree with his "democracy by force")

Eursoc 2 said...

Winston,

I wrote about how I thought Iran's recent turn towards severe censorship was not a sign of a strong leadership but instead a sign of weakness. Would you agree with any of this analysis?

Best,

Winston said...

of course...

SERENDIP said...

I tend to agree with Eursoc 2. The more Iran sinks into inequality and social injustice, the more fiery the pseudo revolutionary rhetoric of its theocratic ruling elite, and the more dogmatic and intolerant their version of Islam. This is definitely not a sign of strength and confidence.