Can the White House's understandable caution really withstand a campaign of popular suppression by the Iranian regime? It's foolish to think that Moussavi's supporters are looking outside for support. And it's irresponsible for the U.S. to do anything that would exacerbate civil tensions within Iran, which has a long, bitter memory of American interference. But rhetorical encouragement from the international community in the face of what may become an uglier moment might seed the bed for a productive relationship with the Iran that is evidently trying to be born.
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