In doing research for my Sunday column, I came across the following quote, which I personally believe fits into the current discussion of how much support President Obama should give to protesters in Iran:

"One day, my Soviet jailers gave me the privilege of reading the latest copy of Pravda. Splashed across the front page was a condemnation of President Reagan for having the temerity to call the Soviet Union an 'evil empire.' Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's 'provocation' quickly spread through the prison. The dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth -- a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us."

That's from The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, by former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky.