Why Iranian Elections Won't Matter this Time

In his 2009 inaugural address, President Barack Obama declared, "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." Thus far, the toughest regimes "on the wrong side of history" -- Syria and Iran -- seem to be defying history rather well. They also have not unclenched their fists, except maybe to hold a gun. In his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4, 2009, Obama made his conciliatory approach to Iran even more explicit: "For many years, Iran has defined itself... by its opposition to my country, and there is indeed a tumultuous history between us... Rather than remain trapped in the past, I have made it clear to Iran's leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward... It will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude and resolve." Obama also extolled...(Read Full Article)

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