Tagged: Iran

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Sec. Hilldawg and Indispensable FP

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy This is Sec. Clinton on Meet the Press last week. The first 30 minutes or so is worth the watch as it...

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In search of realism

Given the recent uproar over this article defending the Iranian election results,* I think it’s important to distinguish between those of us who see a realistic, restrained foreign policy as the best way to...

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Symmetrical Idiocy

I was going to take Michael Goldfarb to task for suggesting that Iran policy ought to be dictated by some anonymous student demonstrator, but then The Guardian published an entire op-ed inspired by little...

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freedom and neoconservatism

“Iran’s green awakening may end awfully. But if it succeeds, it will be everything the neocons had hoped to achieve in Iraq – and also a demonstration of neoconservatism’s core fallacy, which is that...

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Some Home Truths About the Latest Iranian Revolution

I applaud Obama’s measured tone on Iran, but the public justification for this approach seems a bit thin. The most common explanation – he doesn’t want to inflame anti-American sentiment – is certainly plausible,...

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is the iranian regime vulnerable?

Douglas Muir has a pretty good breakdown of exactly what makes a regime vulnerable to collapse – and more importantly, factors that make collapse unlikely.  His verdict regarding Iran?  The regime holds steady unless...

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a quote for the afternoon

“If Nixon could go to China in the wake of the Cultural Revolution, which was a hundred times more brutal and appalling than anything we have seen in Iran over the last few days,...

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The Role of Shia Theology in The Revolt

Andrew writes: It seems clear that the protesters have shrewdly as well as sincerely adopted mass peaceful protests are their core weapon, and are coopting the slogans of the original revolution – “Allah O...

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a quote for a cloudy summer morning

“Moussavi passed through this system of ideological control; he’s no radical reformer. But what’s happened is that simply by representing an alternative, Moussavi became a vehicle for the expression of the hopes of people...

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don’t just do something, sit there

Props on the title go to Eunomia commenter Grumpy Old Man who was commenting on the second of two very strong posts from Daniel Larison regarding the Iranian riots.   Larison worries that too...

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Some Real “F”ers

Andrew Sullivan posts this video:  Violence Warning.   Sullivan is creating a series (more here, here, and here).  Second warning–the last link in that series is particularly horrific.  I’ll simply link to them but not...

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Figuring Out Iran

I’ve been trying to catch up on what happened over the weekend in Iran, and is continuing to happen now.  One thing that I’ve noticed is just how little we seem to know and...

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twitter

Here’s a good resource for Iran-related twitter updates/photos etc.  Right now, lots of tweets asking Twitter not to shut down for maintenance tonight.  Let’s see if new media management is as responsive as the...

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the big picture

The Big Picture has some amazing, startling photos up on the protests.  Momentum is building.  This is certainly not just any protest.  This is game-changing.  I remain optimistic.

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It’s on the Army & Police Now

A reader writes into Andrew Sullivan saying that the violence in Iran is entirely the work of the Basij (militias) and related paramilitaries, vigilantes, goons, etc.  That so far the police and army are...

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yes but why so blatantly?

There’s a fairly wide consensus building that the Iranian election results were fraudulent.  Much speculation exists regarding the who, why, etc.  John Holbo wonders why the apparent fraud was so crudely done.  It’s a...

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living in another universe

This is what I kept thinking this weekend: if I wasn’t online, an avid blogger and reader of blogs, and if I didn’t frequent the New York Times, I wouldn’t know a damn thing...

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Some More (Quick) Thoughts on Iran

The best sites to follow continue to be: Andrew Sullivan, Michal Totten, The Lede @NyTimes, and Nico Pitney (@HuffPo). Today’s events have for the moment swung momentum to the side of the revolution/reform. The...

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Iranian Election Update

As an update to what I said yesterday, what might be happening in Iran is the first time that the President (on the democratic side of the country’s main power poles) is going for...

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war…

…with these people would be a tragic mistake.  I hope we can avert it, and I hope reform comes nonviolently.