From Apologist to Enemy: Roger Cohen's Abrupt Change of Direction on Iran

by Benjamin Domenech on 10:44 am June 25, 2009

Fine writing, in Cohen’s latest column. Still, the switch was fast and seamless: from apologist to sworn enemy, in less than three months. How does one explain this? Instead of name-calling, let’s venture into the publishable:

A liberal mugged by reality? Someone, whose “‘one-dimensional lenses” used to read Iran last spring have now been cracked by the “disastrous chain of results” his naivete could not foresee? Someone whose equation of Iran with subtlety, sophistication, and malleability was “simplistic”? Someone who tossed out Iran caricatures in his columns? A caricature himself? Or just Roger Cohen, of the New York Times?

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