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How A Regime Change In Iran Would Transform The World

Melik Kaylan zählt für Forbes die vielen Vorteile auf, die eine Welt ohne „Islamische Republik“ mit sich brächte. In diesem Sinne: Faster, please!

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McCain for Regime Change

Schade, dieser Mann hätte anstelle des Nachwuchschamberlains Präsident sein können:

I believe that when we consider the many threats and crimes of Iran’s government, we are led to one inescapable conclusion: It is the character of this Iranian regime – not just its behavior – that is the deeper threat to peace and freedom in our world, and in Iran. Furthermore, I believe that it will only be a change in the Iranian regime itself – a peaceful change, chosen by and led by the people of Iran – that could finally produce the changes we seek in Iran’s policies.

The question we must answer is, what side of Iranian history are we on?  [es folgt die ebenso berechtigte wie bekannte Kritik am Nachwuchschamberlain, Mr. Moe]

[I] would suggest a different goal: to mobilize our friends and allies in like-minded countries, both in the public sphere and the private sector, to challenge the legitimacy of this Iranian regime, and to support Iran’s people in changing the character of their government – peacefully, politically, on their own terms, and in their own ways.  Of course, the United States should never provide its support where it is unrequested and unwanted.  But when young Iranian demonstrators write their banners of protest in English – when they chant ‘Obama, Obama, are you with us, or are you with them?’ – that is a pretty good indication that we can do more, and should do more, to support their just cause.We need to stand up for the Iranian people.  We need to make their goals our goals, their interests our interests, their work our work.  We need a grand national undertaking to broadcast information freely into Iran, and to help Iranians access the tools to evade their government’s censorship of the Internet.  We need to let the political prisoners in Iran’s gruesome prisons know that they are not alone, that their names and their cases are known to us, and that we will hold their torturers and tormentors accountable for their crimes.  We need to publicize the names of Iran’s human rights abusers, and we need to make them famous.  Then we need to impose crippling sanctions on them for their human rights abuses – to go after their assets, their ability to travel, and their access to the international financial system, which is exactly the goal of legislation that I and others have proposed.

hat tip: The Spirit of Man.

Regime Is Iran’s Disease; Nukes Are Just a Symptom

Jonah Goldberg schreibt, was Obama tun könnte, um sich seinen Friedensnobelpreis wirklich zu verdienen:

There are rumors — unconfirmed at this point — that the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khamenei, is either dead or in a coma. If true, the resulting power vacuum might give Obama the chance for a do-over. That is, if he’s interested in earning a peace prize, not just winning one.

Zudem noch einmal zum Mitschreiben für jene, die glauben, das iranische Atomwaffenprogramm ohne einen Regime Change beenden zu können:

The problem with Iran is its regime; its nuclear program is merely a symptom of that problem.

Do you lay awake at night worrying about Britain’s nuclear weapons? France’s? Israel’s? Of course not, because stable democracies in general, and stable democratic allies in particular, aren’t a threat.

If your neighbor is an upright and responsible citizen, who cares if he has a gun? If your neighbor is a complete whackjob and criminal, you sure as Shinola care if he has a gun. Armed neighbors aren’t a problem, dangerous ones are. The same logic applies to nations.

„The mullahs must go“

John Bolton trifft den Nagel in der Los Angeles Times einmal mehr auf den Kopf:

Obama’s policy, and that of the United States, should be the overthrow of the Islamic revolution of 1979. The massive resistance to the June 12 elections is just another fact supporting that conclusion. […]

We have missed a huge opportunity because of Obama’s error (and that of his predecessors), but the continuing threat of Iranian nuclear weapons and support for international terrorism make the imperative of regime change no less compelling. The Iranian people will continue their opposition no matter how inconvenient it is for Obama’s hoped-for negotiations. We should support them, and not just by rhetoric.

Im Slate Magazine schlägt Benjamin Weinthal gleich sechs Wege vor, wie das Ganze ohne einen Militäreinsatz bewerkstelligt werden könnte (Sanktionen, Sanktionen und noch mal Sanktionen). Er kommt zu folgendem Fazit:

President Obama has enough latitude to modify Iran’s behavior without resorting to military action. However, the Iranian nuclear clock is ticking, and a pressure-point sanctions strategy requires time. And time is President Obama’s enemy.