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Re: The Show Trials


Jonah, you’re absolutely right that the Obama administration, the academy, and much of the media are ignoring the show trials in Tehran. For anyone interested, my AEI colleague Ali Alfoneh has been translating the Iranian press stories and transcripts of confessions. You can find these here, here (lots of confessions on that one), here, here, and here (first round of confession on that link). 

I think the tendency to ignore the trials shows that the problem with many self-described realists in the administration is that they prefer to ignore reality in order to embrace a utopian view of the power of diplomacy.


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