A current internet news announcement just said that a court in Iran had sentenced three people to death for protesting the recent elections. What will they do next? A dictatorship is a dictatorship, whether ultra right wing (the Nazis) or ultra left wing (Stalin's Soviet Union), or whether totally secular or at least nominally religious. I say "nominally" religious, because in the case of Iran, those in power give lip service to Islam while practicing exclusionary totalitarian dictatorship. The problem for the US & the West is how do we have any meaningful, productive diplomatic negotiations with people like this? Obama stated that he would gladly meet with & negotiate with the Iranian leaders, but instead of accepting his offer, then staging a show event, they utterly rejected it in the harshest terms. Now what? Economic sanctions haven't worked, and won't work. They don't need the West, they can get what they need from China & Russia.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
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