Jan. 8, 2018
- Finding the Way Forward on Iran – Bret Stephens
One of the reasons why easing sanctions on Iran was never likely to soften the regime is that the people who stood to gain from commercial ties with foreign companies are the same people most invested in the preservation of the regime. There’s no trickle-down economy in the Islamic Republic.
All Islamist movements take the concept of justice as their organizing political concept, and all of them ignore it at their peril. Ken Weinstein of the Hudson Institute has argued that the U.S. government “should release details on the billions in stolen assets” held by the IRGC and the supreme leader. That – and making sure ordinary Iranians learn about them, one scandalous disclosure at a time – is the right idea. (New York Times)