Learning The Right Lessons from 1989

DiA compares contemporary Iran to the USSR circa 1989:

[If] 1989 is your analogy (and there are reasons it shouldn't be), listen to the American president at that time. First do no harm. Publicly deplore the violence and remind Iran's leaders of the universality of the right to free assembly and expression.  But do not call for the regime's overthrow, much less threaten to bring it about. It can be painful to do (mostly) nothing, but acting "flamboyantly", as the elder Bush so memorably called it, would be worse.