Iran in turmoil
The brutish dictators who rule Iran obviously fear the democratic protesters who have been rallying against them in the last few days. So, they have done what other authoritarians have done throughout history:
They have increased their ham-fisted attempts to halt the protests, killing at least eight and perhaps as many as 15 people who appeared at a demonstration Sunday and arresting hundreds more. And they have blamed foreign countries — the United States, Great Britain and Israel — for supposedly inciting a tiny minority of Iranians to protest.
Meanwhile, Iranian leaders continue to thumb their noses at international efforts to halt their nuclear weapons ambitions. One intelligence report this week says they are trying to illegally import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan.
President Barack Obama on Monday expressed his strongest support to date for the Iranian protesters, denouncing “the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens.”
He also has asked other nations to enforce even stricter sanctions on Iran as it continues to ignore U.N. prohibitions on its nuclear weapons plan.
Those are welcome actions, but the United States should do even more to aid the dissidents. We in no way favor military intervention in Iran, but we should stiffen sanctions and provide moral and logistic support for the dissidents. Then the worst fears of the radical clerics who now control Iran may eventually come true.