From GLORIA, June 14, 2009, by Barry Rubin* :
Many Western analysts and journalists are treating the stolen election in Iran as something of no international significance...
.... I certainly expected Ahmadinjad to win but figured the regime would play out the game. He'd either genuinely gain victory in the second round or they'd change just enough votes to ensure his victory. What no one expected is that the regime would tear up the whole process like this. Their brazen way of doing so--if you don't like it you can go to hell, we're going to do whatever we want, and we don't care what anyone thinks--signals to me that this ruling group is even more risk-taking and irresponsible than it previously appeared. ...an extremist, aggressive dictatorship.
...Is a regime that just committed itself irrevocably to the most extreme faction, most radical ideology, and most repressive control over the country going to compromise with the West on nuclear weapons or anything else?
Of course not...
... before taking this step, the regime's leaders calculated they had nothing to lose internationally. ...they hadn't planned on making nice with the West ...they don't take Western pressure--at a time when there's so much talk of engagement, apology, and appeasement in the air--as a serious threat?
So now are we going to see an all-out effort to conciliate with the Islamist regime which has just signalled its intentions in the clearest possible terms? For goodness sake, is there truly no limit?
* Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.