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Carlos Alberto Montaner

Madrid, Spain

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. Close.

Carlos Alberto Montaner

Madrid, Spain

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Oppose the Ruling Clique

The Current Discussion: Are we witnessing a pro-regime coup in Iran? What should the world do in response? How will the election aftermath affect Iran's projection of power into the Middle East?

We're probably looking at a gigantic electoral fraud committed in Iran, but that's not the core of the problem. Even if Mr. Ahmadinejad had won the elections fairly, his regime would continue to be an execrable tyranny. Democracy is a way to make collective decisions, but those decisions can be profoundly immoral and contrary to freedom, so there's no reason to accept them as legitimate.

Iran is ruled by a clique that -- in the name of certain religious prejudices -- oppresses women, persecutes homosexuals, fans ethnic hatred, attempts to destroy other states, as happens to Israel, practices terrorism and threatens its neighbors with developing nuclear weapons. As long as Iran and other countries (including Saudi Arabia) walk this line, the prudent course of action is to oppose them and develop a stout defensive strategy against their actions. Any other behavior is a perverse irresponsibility.

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