ABC's Jim Sciutto: Nobel Prize Winner Says Iran's Regime Won't Last
ABC News
08-Dec-2009 (one comment)

ABC's Senior Foreign Correspondent Jim Sciutto reports:

In a calm but defiant interview with ABC News, Iranian human rights activist and 2003 Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi said the current Iranian regime has “no popular base”. “I promise you, this regime will not last,” she said. Pressed as to how a largely a popular protest movement can challenge a regime which seemingly has all the cards -- police, military, basij paramilitaries, Revolutionary Guards -- she said the movement is becoming more widespread despite the crackdown, spreading from Tehran to other cities. She said political backing from prominent religious leaders adds strength, and that while political leaders such as Mirhossein Mousavi have been largely quiet, “the real leaders are the people.”

Asked about the international community’s renewed push for economic sanctions against the regime, Ebadi said sanctions will “harm the people and will not bring about the collapse of the regime”, explaining that the regime will use sanctions as a pretext crack down further. (She also opposes a military attack for the same reasons.) Her preferred remedy: that the US and the West ... >>>

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Ebadi says "verbal support only"

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I trust Shirin Ebadi and support her while blowing a big raspberry to the ones who are beating themselves up for airtight sanctions  :)