September 21st, 2013
11:29 PM ET

Is time right for Iran rethink?

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

By Fareed Zakaria

The international sanctions against Iran are hurting that country, badly. Its support for Assad's brutal regime in Syria is costing it money and arms every month and has tarnished its legitimacy at home. The Arab Spring, for all its problems, has put the spotlight on Iran's own Supreme Leader, who has been in power for 24 years, unelected of course. One of the chants heard in Tehran two years ago was "Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it's time for Sayyid Ali, that’s Khamenei." In these circumstances, coming to a deal with the West, defusing some tensions, easing the sanctions and reviving the Iranian economy would be extremely useful to the regime in Tehran.

At the very least, it would be worthwhile for the Obama administration to come up with a reasonable offer that would signal to the Iranian people that if the regime is willing to credibly forswear nuclear weapons, ordinary Iranians will have a much brighter future. But It has been difficult to sound reasonable in Washington while you are beating the drums of war. Lets hope that will now change.

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  1. Allan Kinsman

    A public discussion of a dialog could signal more interest in a solution to our individual differences with Iran. In my humble opinion foreign policy has long ago failed to solve our differences with a wider world. We have so often mismanaged our own problems at home w must seem ineffective in a larger world. Our congress must be generally known to be disagreeable and ineffective. We always hear about the president but from a common point of view they appear unwilling to find any common ground to move the peoples business forward. As far as I am concerned out dated politics, out dated policies. We have to wait for changes in foreign governments before we can suggest a new approach?

    September 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Human nature and mankind must first be recognized, understood, and appreciated from individual, social, global, and universal perspectives before it can be properly controlled. And such a statement in itself would likely present a significant challenge to even the wisest, most intelligent, most learned, most experienced, most tolerant, most considerate, most helpful, most generous, most forgiving, most honest, and most unselfish people In the world. All of whom might always be trying their best, but will probably agree that the best solution is to somehow get off this planet. There's no saving it.

      September 22, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
  2. vonrock

    if the regime is willing to credibly forswear nuclear weapons," Isn't this what they keep saying their doing ?
    Am I missing something or do kerry and obama have some other way of proving it or proof their liars ?
    And the country FEELING the pinch, isn't that what we want ? Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afganistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and all the others tucked in. America wants to go there and direct traffic.. WHY

    September 22, 2013 at 2:59 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    The beat of war drums is just rhetoric. No doubt Iran can live with it. But Rouhani's reaching out to his country's traditional opponents like exchanging letters with Obama and wishing Jews happy new year, is an encouraging sign. But the road to rapprochement is tortuous. It takes time to overcome these mutual misgivings after decades of hostility. There are forces both in Iran and the US, which might not want to see a détente between the two countries.

    September 23, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
  4. sand

    the genocide that USA talks about all the time that Iran is going to nuke Israel will never happen its a illusion it can look real in the media but its wrong perception as for reason and rationality reason means to plan rationality means to take the best choice of multiple choices also reason and rationality are very close and connected as for reason it is conducted in the nervous system most often as language you also have 2 types of reason deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning deductive means to use a rule to understand and look at a situation inductive means to use a situation or a happening to create a rule. so that said united states is a s t u p i d country to believe that Iran is going to nuclear holocaust the Jews that will never happen.

    September 23, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  5. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 29, 2013 at 2:51 am | Reply

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