ستريت – أوبنيون جورنال - 19/6/2007
ان هناك الكثير من الأمور التي
نجهلها حول إيران
is a lot we don't know about Iran.
June 19, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT
our sleuth been at the conference, he might have been
disappointed to find that nothing by way of bombing
coordinates for the pending attack on
Do Iranians view the nuclear program as a national
project or as an instrument for the regime to
consolidate its unpopular rule?
we say, whatever we do, let us take care not to give the
regime the gift of Iranian patriotism," says one of
the conferees, speaking under "Chatham House
rules," which forbid personal attributions.
other words, while the West may think that economic
sanctions or military strikes against
Can economic sanctions have any effect on the regime's
so, say others: "
Do we undercut
is agreement at the conference that "the Iranian
people are the only ally the West has against the
regime." There is less agreement on how best to
support or engage them.
problem is the nature of the pro-democracy movement
itself: "A lot of chiefs and not many
followers," says a participant, adding that
"when you push these groups they have no real idea
what they want to do." That isn't to say that the
movement will remain weak and rudderless forever. But is
it helped when an American president enlists himself in
its cause? According to one school of thought,
Do we undercut the pro-democracy movement when we
negotiate with the regime?
to one view, negotiations aren't an option but a
necessity, whatever the consequences for Iranian
activists. "Sitting with [the Iranians] in the
again, "the last time the Europeans discussed human
Can we negotiate with
says one: "The Iranians don't want
Are there meaningful differences within the regime that
Western diplomacy can exploit
the case of Ms. Esfandiari: A participant points out
that she was charged with treason the very day U.S.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker sat down with his Iranian
the policy right on
Stephens is a member of The Wall Street Journal's
editorial board. His column appears in the Journal
لهذه المقالات لا يعني أنها
تعبر عن وجهة نظر المركز كلياً
من حق الزائر الكريم أن ينقل وأن ينشر كل ما يعجبه من موقعنا . معزواً إلينا ، أو غير معزو .ـ