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Alireza Nader and Trita Parsi outline the approach the US should take towards Iran. Their bottom line:

Iran's people, not outsiders, will be the ones to achieve sustainable democracy. The Iranian opposition is not merely concerned about the June election, nor is it a simple creature of Iran's factional politics. Rather, it represents a historic struggle for democracy and human rights. Between the all or nothing approaches, the United States can best help by providing Iran's democrats with breathing room.

(Photo: Iranian opposition supporters march during an anti-government demonstration at Tehran University in the Iranian capital on December 7, 2009. Iranian police firing tear gas clashed with crowds of protesters in central Tehran as opposition supporters used Students Day commemorations to stage fresh anti-government demonstrations. AFP/Getty Images)

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