President Donald Trump turns to talk to the gathered media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the military at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Think of the Iranian uprising as a bottom-up revolt by people who feel they've been ignored by a corrupt elite.It's a revolt of the [BEG ITAL] mustazafin [END ITAL], or dispossessed, Nader says, but also of the urban middle class.Dissent shows Iran has "deep structural problems" and a corrupt economic system, dominated by the Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is "unsustainable".The protesters denounce both Rouhani's reformers and the hard-liners led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.The people in the streets have defied government intimidation, which had crushed the 2009 revolt.That's the right message for Trump, and every other leader who cares about Iran's future. Rouhani may sympathize with this revolt – these are the people who voted for him, after all – but Khamenei will want to crush it. The best gift America can give the Iranian people is a digital lifeline, so humanity can witness their brave struggle and encourage them to prevail.
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