Michael Ledeen has an argument in National Review that says that we must work with Iranian dissidents to liberate Iran from the mullahs. The situation in Iran is looking better for the prospects of freedom with continuing protests by students at major Iranian universities.
The intelligence community missed the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and they missed the signs of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the USSR. It could well be that these first protests are the signs of a much larger movement that will push Iran from theocracy into freedom. This would certainly be beneficial for the rest of the world and prospects for a free Middle East. Whatever aid the United States can offer these students should be given – the future of Iran hangs in the balance, and even a small action could tip that balance to the side of freedom.