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Iranian-Americans: Roger Cohen ‘misguided’

Sam Yebri, an Iranian American lawyer based in Los Angeles who is a rising star among Iranian American activists, has a letter in the New York Times responding to Roger Cohen’s column calling on President Obama to do nothing. It is succinct and persuasive:

Roger Cohen (“Something from nothing,” Globalist, Dec. 18) is misguided in calling for President Obama to do “nothing” with Iran, to choose “inertia” over action.

The notion that “the United States is empowering the dissenters with its silence” defies logic. As an Iranian-American, I can say that the Iranian people desperately seek for the United States to stand on their side. The video clips of the demonstrations in Iran tell the story. While Mr. Cohen asks the American government to do nothing, the people of Iran chant: “Obama. Obama. Either you are with us or you are with them.”

The idea that the Iranian protesters would return to shouting “Death to America” because of an increase in the price of gasoline brought on from sanctions is belied by the reality of what’s happening in the streets of Tehran.

Sam Yebri, Los Angeles

Michael Rubin — Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East ...

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