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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    The Iranian leadership says it has fully supported the Egyptian protests and that those occurring in Iran are attempts of opposition leaders to once again cause trouble, trying to use Egypt as an excuse.

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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Either big big numbers of people have to come out and STAY like the protests in Egypt of this will be a repeat of 2 years ago.
    The Iranian protesters will have to show a level of physical courage that the Egyptians were not called upon to display. During the last go round the Basenji shot protesters from rooftops. This didn't happen in Egypt.

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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    During the last go round the Basenji shot protesters from rooftops.
    That's how you deal with dirty liberals.

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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    In the short term, I unfortunately have to agree that you'll probably see a repeat of two years ago: Some people turn out to protest, the government shoots, beats, and arrests them, and the protests fade away.

    In the longer term, Iran's political situation is unsustainable and it probably will transition to some form of democracy. Ali Khamenei is reported to have terminal leukemia, and the Iranian Parliament hates Ahmadinejad. Once Khamenei dies, there will be a mad scramble for power that will probably result in a major liberalizing of the political and civil spheres.

    Furthermore, there is a feeling of superiority over Arabs that many Iranians feel. If Arab states start implementing real democracies, I think a lot of Iranians will find it humiliating and demand to know why they can't have the same. Especially since their own government just endorsed the Egyptian protests. I think the Iranian government is playing a very dangerous game by endorsing the Arab revolts. It's far less likely that Arab protesters will want to replicate the Iranian revolution, than that Persian protesters will want to replicate the Arab revolutions.
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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    The Revolutionary Guard demonstrated their willingness to use force to keep the government in place, before the protestors can ever make any real change in Iran, without accepting the fact that they are going to have to play just as dirty.
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    Re: Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas at Opposition Protesters

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    In the short term, I unfortunately have to agree that you'll probably see a repeat of two years ago: Some people turn out to protest, the government shoots, beats, and arrests them, and the protests fade away.

    In the longer term, Iran's political situation is unsustainable and it probably will transition to some form of democracy. Ali Khamenei is reported to have terminal leukemia, and the Iranian Parliament hates Ahmadinejad. Once Khamenei dies, there will be a mad scramble for power that will probably result in a major liberalizing of the political and civil spheres.

    Furthermore, there is a feeling of superiority over Arabs that many Iranians feel. If Arab states start implementing real democracies, I think a lot of Iranians will find it humiliating and demand to know why they can't have the same. Especially since their own government just endorsed the Egyptian protests. I think the Iranian government is playing a very dangerous game by endorsing the Arab revolts. It's far less likely that Arab protesters will want to replicate the Iranian revolution, than that Persian protesters will want to replicate the Arab revolutions.
    Armadinnerjad is going to support anything that goes against the United States.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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