THE QUESTION

What do your heart and head tell you as you look at pictures, videos, and other kinds of stories from Iran? Should the world help the protesters--and how?

Posted by David Ignatius and Lauren Keane on June 24, 2009 11:10 AM

FROM THE PANEL

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media.

Learning from Cuba and Dwight Eisenhower

I think that the Iranian elections should make everybody sit back, take a deep breath, and try to see whether they really understand the dynamics of Iranian politics.

Posted by Sami Moubayed Damascus, Syria | 10 COMMENTS
Jun 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM
Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and bitterlemons.org (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.

Refuse to Recognize Ahmadinejad's Government

In this case the U.S. would not be supporting terrorist proxies, as Iran does, but supporting a truly popular mass movement. This would be more than legitimate.

Posted by Saul Singer Jerusalem, Israel | 17 COMMENTS
Jun 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM
Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

Iranians Deserve Our Solidarity

It is not a question of artificially feeding a conflict, but of supporting those in Iran who are ethically attuned to the West. Not to do so would be a shameful moral abdication.

Posted by Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 3 COMMENTS
Jun 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM
Endy M. Bayuni took up the job of chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s independent and leading English language newspaper, in August 2004 shortly after he returned from a one-year Nieman Fellowship at the Harvard University. Endy has been with the newspaper since 1991, working his way up from Production Manager (Night Editor), to National Editor, Managing Editor, and Deputy Chief Editor through all those years. He previously worked as the Indonesian correspondent for Reuters and Agence France-Presse between 1984 and 1991, and began his journalistic career with The Jakarta Post in 1983. Endy completed his Bachelors of Arts degree in economics from Kingston University in Surrey, England, in 1981.

Iranians, You Are Not Alone

At the end of the day, this is a battle that Iranians themselves have to wage. But the world must stand with them and let them know they don't fight alone.

Posted by Endy Bayuni Jakarta, Indonesia | 1 COMMENTS
Jun 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

Our Choice in Iran: Silence or Condemnation

Moussavi is not the charismatic leader who can lead a revolution.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 2 COMMENTS
Jun 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Democracy As Usual in Iran

It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 28 COMMENTS
Jun 24, 2009 at 10:27 AM

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