Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kerry: No Regime Change in Iran

The US no longer seeks “regime change” in Iran, said John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“We are not in ‘regime change’ mode,” Kerry said. “Our efforts must be reciprocated by the other side: Just as we abandon calls for regime change in Tehran and recognize a legitimate Iranian role in the region, Iran’s leaders must moderate their behavior and that of their proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas,” Kerry added [AFP, 6 May 2009]


Anonymous said...

I think "proxy" is an unfortunate term. Both Hamas and Hezbollah existed before Iran took an interest in the Mediterranean. Both organizations have their own agenda and power base, and both have other sources for funding and weapons. That having been said, Iran clearly is a key ally to both groups and is in a position to influence their behavior.

It's just important to remember that Hamas, for example, may not jump just because Tehran says so. They might very well choose to find a new patron rather than surrender on an issue that's important to them. It's unreasonable to hold Tehran accountable for everything that happens in Lebanon and Gaza; other parties, including Israel, have much more direct influence on events.

Anonymous said...

No Regime change!!!???, so now the US wants a reward for not wanting something.

The US has never kept his signed word regarding Iran, so simply take this as it is, a silly overture at the cost of something which was illegal in the first place.