June 22, 2009
While President Obama should not get involved in the current internal conflict in Iran, he should take the opportunity to learn valuable lessons which could be applied to other regimes that pose a threat to the interests of the United States and the rest of the world.
Regime change can occur with an offer of friendship.
Iran, which was on the verge of becoming the most powerful country in the Middle East, after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, may become a more democratic and more pro-western country in a few months.
This is all without the use of American tanks, soldiers, or even tough talk from the President.
President Obama offered nothing more than to reach his hand in hopes of gaining a better understanding and better relations with the religious leaders of Iran. The Ayatollah in turn, slapped it away.
Several months later, Ayatollah Khameinei appears to lose power or at least be greatly weakened in the eyes of his people. We’re witnessing a possible successful political change without the bloodshed that was witnessed during the invasion and the occupation of Iraq.
President Obama must try to apply the same success we’ve seen in Iran to other oppressive regimes around the world.
Why not offer a hand to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il? Instead of throwing vile threats about responding with military action as with the Bush administration for the past several years, why not offer to help the North Koreans to build a nuclear facility for the benefit of the civilian population? Kim Jong Il would then have the burden to do the right thing in the eyes of his own people.
How about offering a hand to the leader of Syria, Myanmar, and even Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez?
For many years, the oppressive leaders have used brutal tactics to control their own people with the justification coming from belligerent behavior from the leaders of the United States. If that belligerent behavior were to suddenly disappear, what were to happen to those leaders?
Let’s offer a hand to every dictator, or organization we consider to be an enemy. What do we have to lose for trying?