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DavidV

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The latest hacking incident by anti-regime activists:
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https://twitter.com/AlirezaNader/status/1004485501422919681
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A petition regarding Iran and the monarchy:

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-we-undersigned-pledge-to-the-above-principles-%DA%A9%D9%85%D9%BE%DB%8C%D9%86-%DA%86%D9%86%DA%86-%D8%B1%DA%98%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87?recruiter=877112548&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition
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I think this might go well here. It's a thoughful piece about, on the one hand, the folly of idealism in foreign policy, whether liberal or neoconservative, and, on the other, how foreign policy realists shouldn't lose sight of morality completely:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-foreign-policy-realism-isnt-enough/

"Idealism in foreign policy is, by definition, the pursuit of a dreamy vision of a better world that does not seriously ask whether the ideal is actually compatible with reality. Illusions set idealists up for terrible surprises. Addressing problems through, for example, the lens of Fukuyama-style Hegelian idealism, according to which the world is inexorably progressing toward liberal democratic values, would in today’s world be not only absurd but dangerous....

....Yet for all their sagacity, realist thinkers are not without their problems either. They tend to deny the moral nature of human beings and the role that this may play in world events. Because they have seen the great danger of moralistic idealism in foreign policy, they sometimes don’t think morality should be considered at all. Realist theory has a cold, inhumane quality that makes it inattentive to the moral dimension of human existence....

.....Ironically, it may be the work of Henry Kissinger that can show realists an intellectual path toward restoring a sense of morality in foreign policy.

For Kissinger, peace depends upon “a system of independent states refraining from interference in each other’s domestic affairs and checking each other’s ambitions through a general equilibrium of power.” The Peace of Westphalia and, to some degree, the Congress of Vienna embodied such an arrangement, offering the lesson that balance-of-power theory is indispensable in analyzing world events.

However, Kissinger was intellectually astute enough to recognize that, in order to create and maintain this equilibrium of power, something more than a mechanical balance is required: enlightened statesmen. Kissinger states explicitly that balance-of-power “does not in itself secure peace.” If world leaders refuse to play by Westphalian rules, the system will break down. He warns of the rise of radical Islamists, for example, who refuse to think in Westphalian terms.

Kissinger also says that enlightened leaders must not only recognize the realities of power politics and the hard Machiavellian truths of international competition, but possess a certain moral quality that he calls “restraint.” Without a willingness to restrain themselves and to act dispassionately, world leaders will be incapable of building an international order. When facing difficult challenges, enlightened diplomats and statesmen must have the moral courage to accept certain “limits of permissible action.” Implicit in Kissinger’s thought is that morality, though of a realistic kind, is essential in foreign policy. Only statesmen of a certain temperament and moral character can support the Westphalian model."

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Well the Congress of Vienna was all about bringing back some order after Napoleon's depredations. And for a century it worked, more or less, by restoring most monarchies to their rightful place. Which would be consistent with what we've been trying to achieve here.
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A good piece by Majid Rafizadeh on the Islamist mentality, and how the victim mentality of Muslims in the West plays into it:
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12390/anti-west-imam
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European governments' indifference on Iran betrays their lack of moral compass:

http://theconservative.online/article/for_european_action_on_iran_look_beyond_berlin
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A politically-motivated execution once more:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/06/18/Iran-executes-Sufi-opposition-member-accused-of-running-over-police-officers-.html
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Security Studies Group offers its take:
https://securitystudies.org/game-iran-deal-mullahs/

Mike Pompeo offers his view on Iran's barbaric treatment of dissent:
https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1009900695246524416
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