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This has clearly become Khameini versus the people.  How this will turn out is anyone's guess.  Iran's history is full of crushed uprisings as well as successful mass overthrows of the ruling regime.  

I will say that if the govt. succeeds in crushing this rebellion it will be very violent and only temporariliy successful.  I expect there are many within the clerical, military and parlimantary establishment there who see this the same way.

There is definitely a way to move forward here and the whole thing seems balanced on a pivot at this moment.  On which side will weight come down?

by paving on Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 04:19:59 PM EST
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The supreme leader described those alleging flaws in the June 12 election as "enemies."
(from yesterday's salon)

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds; a man of deeds and not of words is like a garden full of turds — Anonymous
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 04:37:09 PM EST
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And don't believe they didn't hear him loud and clear!  Saturday is the big day.  Expect everybody to show up.
by paving on Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 07:44:03 PM EST
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Supreme Leaders (think of Cheney) do not want any other life than to be a Supreme Leader, and will do literally ANYTHING to maintain that position, people, the country, the world be damned.  Power is like heroin, very addictive.  Who will the military point their guns at, that is the ultimate question. If this was the US we have our average citizens with their guns allied with people like me with my chemical/biochemical resources.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 05:44:14 AM EST
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