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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Regime change the only answer in Iran?

Davis Lewin argues that regime change is the only answer in Iran and has been for the last 30 years.
To call for regime change is neither simplistic nor imperial. For those of us blessed with freedom, it is a mere resignation to hard truth in the face of oppressive evil. For those Iranians with their throats under the boot of the Basij - the mothers, fathers and children choking on Khomeini's self-serving fantasies - it is bravery beyond what we could know.

No deal must be struck with the Mullahs. The Islamic regime's hegemonic desires will not be allayed by treaty, and the West must never betray the people of Iran by legitimising the very leaders they are - in too many cases literally - dying to shake off.

A question remains only over the means, not the necessity. Regime change is the only option to deliver the change the Iranian people both desire and deserve.

Iran needs America's help to achieve change its sons and daughters can believe in.
I'm all in favor of regime change in Iran. And as between Ahmadinejad and Khomeni on the one hand and anyone else on the other hand, I agree that the Iranian people are likely better off with anyone else. I'm just not convinced that regime change is going to end Iran's nuclear weapons program. So I'm not banging down any doors to accomplish it.


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