In an age when countries seem to do more shouting at one another - rather than sit down and talk! - there is a delima in what to do with the Iranians. By all accounts the recent election was rigged. Therefore the so-called government is one duly elected. Ignore that leadership or talk to them?
Roger Cohen, op-ed writer for The NY Times was in Iran recently and reported on the aftermath of the rigged election. He writes, now, in "Let the Usurpers Writhe" on what he says the US ought to do:
"Think of normalized relations with the United States as the big prize. Who gets to deliver it? One thing is certain: Iran’s ruthless usurpers are determined to ensure reformists are never in a position to claim the breakthrough.
That at least is the view of Mohsen Mahmoudi, a 34-year-old conservative cleric I ran into at a post-electoral rally for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and got to know over the ensuing week.
Rightist yet drawn to America, a card-carrying Basij militiaman from the University of Qom, a prayer leader at an Islamic cultural center in north Tehran, Mahmoudi backs the regime’s brutal clampdown but concedes there will be a cost.
“This is going to cause a huge gulf between generations,” he told me. “I was talking to a young woman who was a good friend of mine before the vote and she said she doesn’t respect me any more. She’s so angry she’s ready to die.”