Back when sanity was in order, fine, decent men governed. Today they stand on the sidelines, hoping against hope that free men will wake up and heed their words of caution, much like Churchill when he too was cast into the wilderness. John Bolton wrote such words yesterday in the LA Times in his exceptional OpEd: Silence Has Consequences for Iran
The less we protest, the more people will die.
The Islamic Republic that the ayatollahs have created is not just
any power. To defend a strict interpretation of the Quran, Khomeini
created the Pasdaran, the Revolutionary Guard, which today is a true
army. To expand its ideology and influence Iran has not hesitated to
create, sustain and use proxy terrorist groups like Hezbollah in
Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. And to impose its fundamentalist vision
beyond its borders, Iran is working frantically to obtain nuclear
Those who protest against the blatant electoral fraud that handed
victory to the fanatical Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are in reality demanding a
change of regime. Thus, the regime has resorted to beating and shooting
its citizens in a desperate attempt to squash the pro-democracy
This is no time for hesitation on the part of the West. If, as part
of an attempt to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the
leaders of democratic nations turn their backs on the dissidents they
will be making a terrible mistake.
President Obama has said he refuses to "meddle" in Iran's internal
affairs, but this is a poor excuse for passivity. If the international
community is not able to stop, or at least set limits on, the
repressive violence of the Islamic regime, the protesters will end up
as so many have in the past — in exile, in prison, or in the cemetery.
And with them, all hope for change will be gone.
To be clear: Nobody in the circles of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or
Ahmadinejad is going to reward us for silence or inaction. On the
contrary, failing to support the regime's critics will leave us with an
emboldened Ahmadinejad, an atomic Iran, and dissidents that are
disenchanted and critical of us. We cannot talk about freedom and
democracy if we abandon our own principles.
Some do not want to recognize the spread of freedom in the Middle
East. But it is clear that after decades of repression — religious and
secular — the region is changing.
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