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September 18, 2009

"Not Gaza, not Lebanon — our life is for Iran" [krakatoa]

Somewhat forgotten in fog of the many large domestic issues dominating our consciousness, is the ongoing struggle in Iran.

Iran V

Today was Quds day, a day historically celebrated by demonstrating Iranian unity of purpose with other anti-Israeli neighbors.

During a speech for the rallies, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against Israel and the West, questioning whether the Holocaust occurred and calling it a pretext for occupying Arab land.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched today with a different message.

Opposition supporters poured onto main boulevards and squares, wearing green T-shirts and wristbands and waving green banners and balloons. They waved pictures of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and denounced Ahmadinejad, chanting "death to the dictator."

Thugocracy goons waded in and attacked ex-president and Reform leader Mohamad Khatami. The attackers were repelled, and he was unharmed.

I'm sure just like me, you are all looking forward to a quick and decisive statement of condemnation of Iran's hard-line government from our own President...

If only there was a country left with the power, influence and moral fiber to have some ability to promote and support pro-democracy movements around the world. There used to be one - what was its name? Everything B.O. is such ancient history.

UPDATE: David Ross puts us some Iranian Freedom Tweets.


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