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Protests in Iran and the War on Iraq

So today is the 4th anniversary of violently suppressed protests in Iran, and there have been ongoing street battles. Now, I don't pretend to understand the situation there very well at all, but this Volokh article contains an interesting quote from an open letter written by the student protestors on why they're protesting:

"...we are worried to see the experience of our neighbors be repeated here."

It seems to me that this had to be one of the main goals of the war on Iraq. Plain old-fashioned rule-by-fear. I don't know if it balances out all the problems the war has caused, but if governments like Iran move toward reform through direct fear or through their citizens' fear of a US invasion, that might not be such a bad thing. I mean, obviously diplomacy would be better, but the Middle East is not exactly a place where diplomacy has a great track record...

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