If the assassination allegations are true, this deplorable act should be strongly condemned. To that end, the Beltway is already buzzing with calls for a "robust response" that will "send a strong message to Iran." But how?
How do we not end up with a situation where the only regimes to change are those who were pro-American, because they were reluctant to use excessive brutality and were most subject to American influence?
10 kilometers outside of Tehran city limits, the landscape changes abruptly from mountains to low rolling hills. I climbed the red dirt slopes, sinking at times up to my knees in the soft, powdery sand.
Washington's support for authoritarian rulers has yielded neither lasting stability nor moderation, though it has compromised our own liberal values and engendered anti-American sentiment on the street.
To contemplate these events, to conceive of them in their singularity and help them, especially, to produce the best part of themselves, one must get rid of preconceived ideas, beginning with that of a unique "Arab revolution."