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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nobel peace laureate’s memoirs warn against military intervention

In her book “Iran Awakening” human rights lawyer and activist Shirin Ebadi warns of the dangers of U.S. military intervention in Iran, says Betty Jean Craige in a review for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ebadi, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, writes that she “can think of no scenario more alarming, no internal shift more dangerous than that engendered by the West imagining that it can bring democracy to Iran through either military might or the fomentation of violent rebellion.”

Warning against threatening military force, she writes that this gives the authorities a pretext to crack down on legitimate opposition and undermines the development that is being achieved.

“The threat of regime change by military force, while reserved as an option by some in the Western world, endangers nearly all of the efforts democracy-minded Iranians have made in these recent years,” she argues.

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