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We're colleagues and friends but we fight hard intellectually. This can be a rough game at times, and sometimes an elbow can need stitches in one's lip. But I do think I can say one thing we agree on very very clearly that is sometimes obscured in our jockeying over how to deal with Iran.

There is no daylight between us on the foul, deeply dangerous and disgusting regime in Tehran. I don't need to document this. Many of you will remember our coverage of the Green Revolution. We covered it that way not because we wanted to gain more readers, or traffic or kudos - but because we cared passionately about the Iranian people, their astonishing dignity and endurance, their vitality and culture, their right to be free of these thugs and torturers who oppress them. I know Jeffrey feels exactly the same way.

It is a function of the debate that you will often find me criticizing Israel's government a lot in this fight without criticizing Tehran. I want to reiterate that however frustrating Netanyahu is, he is in a different universe from Ahmadinejad and Khamenei. If we had had a regime change last year, much of this debate would be moot. I want to see Ahmadi in jail for crimes against humanity. I want to see Netanyahu as the prime minister of a secure Israel, side by side with the most promising prospect for Arab democracy in the region - something that would do more to isolate Hamas and Tehran than any sanctions and any sabre-rattling.

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