The unrest in Iran shows no sign of letting up. And as the country braces itself for another chaotic day of protests and division, people around the world – diplomats and punters alike – are discussing whether other countries should speak up.On one side you have the Iranian government complaining to foreign ambassadors about what it calls meddlesome, impertinent comments and an intolerable interference in Iran’s internal affairs.
But on the other side, U.S. President Barack Obama is coming under pressure to support the protestors – particularly in light of his recent landmark speech in Cairo. Some bloggers are urging Obama to do more, while others think it’s best to stay out of it.
Opinion also seems divided in some the world’s leading newspapers, with some saying the U.S. must take special care not to be seen as interfering, while others say a hands-off policy is impractical and will not reap dividends.
Is it time to speak up? Or should Iran be left to sort out its own problems? And can commenting on another country’s actions – even with the best intentions – do more diplomatic harm than good?