Time to re-engage Iran

Commentary by Fareed Zakaria

GPS: Iran is a country of 80 million people, educated and dynamic. It sits astride a crucial part of the world. It cannot be sanctioned and pressed down forever. It is the last great civilization to sit outside the global order. We need a strategy that combines pressure with a path to bring Iran in from the cold >>>


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G. Rahmanian

The Regime Must Have Offered Mr. Zakaria

by G. Rahmanian on

The Regime Must Have Offered Mr. Zakaria something he could not refuse. Maybe they even offered him a chance to exercise his right to polygamy as a Muslim.

G. Rahmanian

And Mr. Zakaria

by G. Rahmanian on

And Mr. Zakaria is going to bring all the dead back to life! I mean all those butchered by the murderous regime in Tehran. Does this guy care at all about Iranians? Didn't he see tens of millions of Iranians in the street of major cities in Iran? Didn't he hear their demands?


Che zood Sundis Khor shod in agha !!

by Shemirani on

Fareed Zakaria, you was in Tehran last week ,did you visit Neda's grave to pray for her soul ? or  just put a simple rose there ?

Oh i must be stupid of course not, it didn't even cross your mind why would you, who cares about iranians people's wills and needs!

You asked what is the goal of your policy ???? its stealing iran's wealth by dealing with mullahs......to justify this policy you need to lie, and give a false image of the situation !

from what you said:"Obama policy was like Bush's and iranian regime have domestic support, and even if regime changed the nuclear will still be a danger for the west " .......


Obama' sanctions is justify, it has nothing to do with bush's war, how dare you compare this two !!! 

iranian regime's have a minority of people with him but just allow iranians people express themself in a true referundum and you will see that majority of iranians are tired and can't stand islamic republic anymore,

 and nuclear program in the hand of a regime of terror  is very different from having nuclear program in a democratic regime respectful of human rights.

Nader Vanaki

فرید زکریا درست میگه

Nader Vanaki

آمریکا بدجوری خیط شده و همه تحریم های بکار رفته فقط جیب سپاه رو پُر کرده، پس همون بهتر که بشینه پشت میز مذاکره و روابط تجاری رو علنی از سر بگیره.


I have read that the people of Iran...

by cvaughan59 on

J. C. Vaughan

 are very much against an Iraq-style military intervention (from tourist book by Jamie Maslin).  I also am appalled and completely ashamed at what the American neo-cons have caused to happen in Iraq.  I would rather die than see that happen in Iran.  If a Libya or Egypt type of revolt ever occurred, then maybe NATO-type support could be appropriate. Until then, I pray to Allah for the victims of the regime, that they may be comforted in Paradise (Neda; Makwan; Ayaz and Mahmoud; Mokhtar and Ali; and how many others, inlcuding maybe some very great artists).

payam s

Bavafa, don't waste your time

by payam s on

People like MasoudA see the world in black and white and understand everything in terms of simple good and evil. It's much like a child's logic. MasoudA's ignorance and ahistorical comments are indicative of his lack of interest for Iranian people. Perhaps he has no family in Iran that face a threat of bombardment by US and NATO forces, or a threat of radiation poisoning resulting from such bombardments (and if he does, that makes him a complete idiot); perhaps he only has interest in toppling the regime and being satisfied with a new regime that is friendly with outside forces "investing" in Iran and in turn raping and exploiting it in a neo-colonial context. These "eyranians" only care about the "good old days" when they lived in arrogant privilege alloted them via a dictator. They can't understand the concept of independent and internal change and progress that is simultaneously in a global context, for their minds can only comprehend "progress" as it is provided and understood solely by western powers. They even despise the green movement because it is internally structured and represents internal interests as opposed to external capitalist interests. But I do appreciate your informed comments.


MasoudA: This may be due to my lack of ability….

by Bavafa on

To convey a message so it’s true intent is clear and not taken with as much skepticism as you with your fellow Eyranians have


Your lack of ability NOT to read far more into any message that does not fall squarely with your views (i.e. if you are against [military] intervention by the US, then you must be part of IRI)

Outside help is needed and would be appreciate it, only when/if is in the role of support function and not as the driving factor.  The US has a poor record in this regard and has a long road ahead to fix its past miss-deeds.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



 America's new Middle

by vildemose on


America's new Middle East 'mini-Nato'

Barack Obama's plan for new military deployments in the Gulf reflects anxiety about Iraq's instability and Iran's influence


"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis

Hafez for Beginners

"Last Great Civilization.."

by Hafez for Beginners on

"Last great civilization to sit outside the global order." 

Rome - Persia - China are often quoted as the 3 most enduring, continuous, civilizations of man - I wish more Iranians were subtantitvely proud of this, rather than bickering over this and that. (Persian pride often reduced to a random "hakhamaneshi" pride necklace - with few actually spending time getting to know exactly why the culture is one of the 3 most endured cultures of man.)

Of course, this line of argument doesn't exactly resonate with the US, either - itself only 235 years old. From Persepolis to Isfahan - we have over 2,000 years of continuous bricks-and-mortar history. If the Italians or the Chinese were making policies on Iran, it would possibly  stand a better chance, only Gold recognizing Gold. 



by masoudA on

You see my fellow Eyranian......Unlike what you may think - to many Eyranians, including me your last post does not come across as sympathetic towrds Iranians or the future of Iran - it clearly comes across as protective of the IR!!   Besides - when it comes to history - no ruler or regime has ever been changed withouht outside help.


A genuine support will come from the people....

by Bavafa on

"how about supporting the people to overthrow this rapist regime

Any system/regime change that will be representative of its citizens, the real and main support should and will come from the people.

  Expecting support from outside forces with a long history of supporting and installing dictators around the world, double talk and back stabbing to the indigenous people, is just a wishful thinking at best and more likely a betrayal to those who are fighting on the streets of Tehran for their freedom


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



its also time to engage syria

by seannewyork on

he is close to getting toppled so lets do all we can to engage assad.  niac will love this.  how about supporting the people to overthrow this rapist regime. 

Darius Kadivar

Fareed's NIAC advisor Maziar Bahari must have tipped him

by Darius Kadivar on

I suspect The US wants to normalize relations with Iran because of Syria but also because they are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan. Ahmadinejad has distanced himself with Bachar El Assad's regime and the ever naive americans think that they can benefit from warming relations with Tehran. It's actually a sign of weakness of the American administration. They also want to push the French to adopt a similar policy so as to offer a new set of negotiations without "pre conditions".

If ever Iranians set themselves free from the chains of the Islamic republic be sure we won't forget the American Democrat's double standards and the people who are on their Think Tanks ranging from NIAC's buddies like Barbara Slavin, Mansour Farhang, Hamid Dabashi or their distant friends like Flynt Leverette and other so called "experts" whose only goal is to safeguard THEIR Republic.

Just You Wait Folks not everyone has Alzheimers ...

You "expert"s got it all wrong on Libya and on the entire region:

Why Libya Gave Up on the Bomb - New York Times by By Flynt Leverett (January 23, 2004)

WHO'S THE EXPERT? John Simpson Proves Barbara Slavin Wrong on Libya

NIAC’s Hamid Dabashi Denounces Hypocrisy of Foreign Intervention in Libya

so why should anyone trust you again to get it right on Iran ?

Flynt Leverett & Hamid Dabashi ( and Mansour Farhang sitting in the panel): Iranians do not want to overthrow the Islamic Republic

BBC Report: Mir Hossein Moussavi next to Gaddafi's Defecting Sidekick ;0)

Recommended Reading for French Readers in Le Figaro today:

Le Figaro - Le jeu ambigu de l'Iran en Syrie by George Malbrunot

Recommended Blogs:

LSE IDEAS : Niall Ferguson On Nuclear Arms and Human Rights

Niall Ferguson Blasts Barack Obama For Failed Egypt Foreign Policy


زکریای ناراضی!


Next time when Fareed Zakaria goes to Iran he should interview the real leaders of the Regime which are Khamenei, Sepah and Basiji leaders and not the lame duck Ahmadi. He should then ask Rahbar about how to improve the relations between the Regime and the US. I am sure that Rahbar will give him a clear road map, starting with US abandoning all his allies and interests around the world, send all the Jews back to Europe, give America back to the Native Americans, convert to Shia Islam, put women in their rightful place and a few other minor adjustments. 

Also, he should try to visit Evin prison, meet with the student leaders and human rights groups and get a better picture of today's Iran.


He makes it sound like

by Rea on

..... it's all Obama's fault.

But it takes two to tango. Did Obama not extend a hand by sending a letter (even two) to Khamenei? From what I know, the latter didn't even bother to reply.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Is sort of an idiot with just one qualification: Arabic genes. Other than it he has no qualification. 

MassoutA is right. What do we want to talk to Khamenei about? New way to hang people; maybe a crane deal or guilotines. 

There is nothing to say to Khamenei. If Zakaria wants to he should got to IRIand talk to Khamenei directly.


Stop the BS Zakaria

by masoudA on

Nobody has any problems with Iran and Iranians or our culture....

It's the terrorist Islamist regime that the whole world and more importatntly the Iranian Population has a problem with!!   A regime that your bosses brought to Iran and CNN takes handouts from....and you seem to have no problems with.   What do you want to discuss with Khamenei?  please share those thoughts before you open your mouth again, putting a human face on an evil regime which hates Iran and Iranians.