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Iranian Preconditions
American Journalism Center ^ | November 13, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh

Posted on 11/13/2009 9:23:16 AM PST by bs9021

Iranian Preconditions

Sarah Carlsruh, November 13, 2009

“Can the United States Affect Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions?” was the topic of the Cato Institute’s November 3rd forum. Matthew Duss, National Security Researcher at the Center for American Progress, focused on the diverse and factionalizing environment within Iran, arguing that on June 12th, the date of Iran’s tenth presidential election, “the game changed.” Duss identified a trend where, post-June 12th, “large sections of the clerical establishment [are breaking] away from the regime.”

Iran’s green movement, the pro-democracy movement which was triggered by June’s disputed elections, is diverse, claimed Duss: Some want a reform of the Islamic government, that is, fair and free elections; some want secularism. He pointed out, however, that these ideals are unique to Iranians and do not necessarily match American ideals. These protestors, he argued, are similar to the ones of the Iranian Revolution: most protests are contained in Universities and the funerals of murdered demonstrators are being used to motivate disconsolate Iranians.

Duss said that some protestors are mirroring the protesting styles of Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh, the former Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Mousavi is employing an Islamist terminology to attack the regime, is openly willing to be a martyr, and is against western intervention, he said. Additionally, the nuclear program and negotiations with P5-plus-1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council—China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States—plus Germany) are not well-liked in Iran, Duss claimed.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: cap; cato; iran; sanctions

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