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Saul Singer

Jerusalem, Israel

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. Close.

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June 17, 2009 10:28 AM

Side With the People Of Iran

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 are seeing the end of the mullah-ocracy in Iran -- the best outcome for both Iran and the world. While the West is (perhaps understandably) focused on the regime's nuclear buildup and support for terrorism, the ultimate source of Iran's problem is the nature of the regime itself, not its particular ambitions and tactics. If this regime falls, the Iranian people will gain their freedom, the world will be a much safer place, the chances for Mideast peace will increase enormously -- and all at the same time.

Attempts to address the nuclear and terror issues while leaving the regime in place are less effective and more risky. The North Korean experience shows the danger of being fooled into a deal that is quickly violated and circumvented. Similarly, a military strike might prove a temporary setback to the regime's nuclear program while triggering an escalation in Iranian aggression.

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June 24, 2009 11:19 AM

Refuse to Recognize Ahmadinejad's Government

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?


The best and only serious way to help the protesters is for the United States and Europe to refuse to recognize a new Ahmadinejad-led government in Iran. Read Bret Stephen's column on his interview with Mohsen Kadivar, a prominent Shiite cleric in exile. Kadivar was a university colleague of the opposition candidate Hossein Mousavi. With Mousavi's help, Kadivar was released after 18 months in prison in 1999.

"There are two interpretations of Islam. The aggressive Islam of Ahmadinejad, or the mercy Islam of Mousavi," Kadivar says. Stephens writes that, "Mr. Kadivar praises President Obama's 'no meddling' stance so far, but insists the president not recognize Mr. Ahmadinejad's government once its second term officially begins in August."

Obama should start saying now that the U.S. will not recognize a government that has stolen an election with brute force. This is the approach that was successfully taken by the West in the case of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004. While it is true that the U.S. does not consistently refuse to recognize dictatorships, the question is which precedent to follow: the many cases where the democracies have sided with popular opposition to illegitimate governments (Ukraine, South Africa, Philippines, Nicaragua, etc), or the other times when they have turned a blind eye toward oppressive rulers.

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