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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.