I’m Not Sure This Is Diplomacy

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air reported on a possible trip to Iran by Senator John Kerry.  Senator Kerry is Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate, so the idea that he would visit Iran is not unusual–other than the fact that the US has previously demanded concessions in Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to direct talks.

The interesting part of this possible visit is the timing.  The Iranian people are protesting in the streets again and the government is cracking down on protestors again.  The recent death of cleric Hossein Ali Montazeri has caused a new wave of protests against the current government in Iran. 

The article states:

“”We’ve eschewed high-level visits to Iran for the last 30 years. I think now — when the Iranian regime’s fate is less certain than ever — is not the best time to begin,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at Washington’s Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“”The wrong message would be sent to the Iranian people by such a high-level visit: The U.S. loves dictatorial regimes,” said Hossein Askari, a professor at George Washington University and former adviser to Iranian governments.”

The visit of Senator Kerry would be consistent with the Obama Administration’s tendency to support tyranny over democracy.  The only real chance we have of stopping Iran’s nuclear program is regime change.  To strengthen the current regime at this time is to increase greatly the chances of a war in that region.  If Iran’s nuclear program continues, at some point Israel will attack it and there will be chaos in the region (not to mention what it will do to the price of oil around the world).  Sending John Kerry to Iran is a bad idea.