engagement

from andrew sullivan

Ahmadinejad’s gambles are as much a function of his internal weakness as his growing regional strength. That’s why continued outreach to Iranian civil society – and financial and emotional support to Iran’s democratic forces – is a vital component of a successful long-term strategy in the region.

the standard practice of iran’s leaders has been to demonize or provoke the west to solidify their legitimacy. hence the fight over iran’s nukes. but the strategy doesn’t appear to be working this time.

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