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Today’s news from Iran, boiled down to two quotes and a photo.
First, from Michael Ledeen at pajamas media:
What’s going to happen?, you ask. Nobody knows, even the major actors. The regime has the guns, and the opposition has the numbers.
The opposition has the numbers, indeed! A photo via Paul Wells at Macleans:
And the second, sobering quote, from the New York Times:
I received this note from an Iranian-American with family here: “The bottom line right now is whose violence threshold is higher? How much are the hard-liners willing to inflict to suppress the population and tell yet another generation to shut up? And how much are Moussavi and his supporters willing to stand to fulfill their dreams?”
How much violence can the regime stomach dishing out? How much violence can the people stomach absorbing? The key to a successful revolution — or a successful repression — may lie right there.
Bonus quote from Michael Ledeen. It’s a bit of a tangent, but a worthy point:
As most people have learned, the basic communiations tool is Twitter, which somehow continues to function. Bigtime Kudos to Twitter, by the way, for postponing its planned maintenance so that the Iranians can continue to Tweet. Would that Google were so solicitous of freedom. (emphasis added)