The Fate Of Iran's Bloggers

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 25, 2009

Like other victims of the Islamic regime’s human rights abuses, Iran’s bloggers and other dissidents are being ignored by the Obama Administration.

I am probably going to reiterate this argument a lot, but there is nothing anti-realpolitik about discussing human rights in Iran and hoping that it gets a lot of attention in any set of dealings between Iran and the United States, if only because focusing on the regime’s human rights abuses emphasizes the gap between the behavior of the regime and the sensibilities of the Iranian population at large, opens that gap further, weakens the regime at home and prevents it from engaging in mischief abroad–which is much like what happened to the Soviet Union, come to think of it. I doubt that many people would object to a peaceful change from the current Islamic regime, which is hardly enlightened as a political entity. Using the issue of human rights to de-legitimize the regime from a power politics standpoint–and to stick up for dissidents and the Iranian population in general–seems like a no-brainer.

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