The west should consider sanctions, but it should also focus on exploiting the divisions among Iran's ruling elite and empowering Iranian societyby Nazenin Ansari / June 25, 2006 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2006 issue of Prospect Magazine
Other articles in the Prospect online symposium on the Iranian nuclear crisis:
Philip Gordon explains why the US is unlikely to bomb Iran
To the outside world, the face of Iran is the rather unattractive countenance of its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But the truth is far more complex—and hopeful. The country is profoundly divided. Only a major catastrophe—like a confrontation with the US—could heal those divisions. Instead, the west should exploit these divisions to help Iran move towards democracy and the middle east towards peace.
Iran is a totalitarian country controlled by a few who claim to derive their legitimacy from the Divine. But there are competing interests at the top. Foreign and nuclear policy is directed by the Supreme Nati…