American Persuasion Is the Only Way Forward on Iran
Sheikholeslami, Ali, The Independent (London, England)
Iran, as ever, occupies an important place in any new Presidents agenda, so, I offer some advice for Barack Obama as he surveys the Iranian situation.
If you cant yet come to terms with the hostage crisis, remember that Iran has a lot more cards to play with. The 1953 American- designed coup that deprived Iran of its best chance for democracy, the Iran-Iraq war when Saddam was encouraged and supported financially and militarily by the US, and the shooting down of Iran Airs passenger Airbus by USS Vincennes are just three examples. You dont even need a second glance to realise that the consequences of each of those events have been far greater and graver than the hostage issue. Play as if you have a clean, white sheet of A4.
This has been the line of American governments and not only it has always failed, but also the policy is arguably one that could be blamed for much of the Iranian peoples suffering. The more threatened the Iranian government feels, the stronger the clamp down on peoples liberties becomes. Any links to the outside world may be interpreted as espionage, as they were in the case of the Alaei brothers, two internationally acclaimed Aids doctors who are in jail because they took part in …
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