Newman: Should Canada be calling for the overthrow of the Iranian regime?

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May 31, 2013

Canada should not directly call for the overthrow of the Iranian regime.

Flawed as elections are in Iran, the regime still thinks they are necessary to provide a veneer of respectability. The current government was chosen in an election. An election will be needed to get a better replacement.

What Canada and other like-minded countries should be doing is pressing for different Iranian policies and behaviour. Sanctions are a good way of underlining the pressure.

Ultimately, different policies will be brought about by a different government. But overthrowing the current government doesn't guarantee that will happen.

Look at Egypt.