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By Jim Hoagland
The most serious challenge that Iran's Islamic rulers have ever faced caught President Obama and many European leaders by surprise. Their intelligence agencies did little to prepare them for a national catharsis that pits a combustible mixture of youthful protesters and political opportunists against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
By threatening and then delivering repression blessed by his religious authority, Khamenei has turned an election dispute into a crisis of legitimacy for a regime that claims to be divinely inspired. Obama's decision to stay out of the limelight is paying off by keeping the focus on those who cheat and maim Iranians
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Originally posted by dallas18
apparently helicopters are flying around pouring acid onto protesters
Is there a source for that bit of info?
Originally posted by Ferris.Bueller.II
reply to post by john124
Placation and submission is Obama's game plan when dealing with governments like Iran. He's already started this with Venezuela and Palestine, one of Iran's biggest benefactors. Remember the American voting public wants the other countries of the world to love the U.S., and the only way to guarantee this in his mind is by this game plan.
Originally posted by audas
Ahmedinijad was leading in the polls prior the elections, and all indicators are that he won a significant majority - so why are the people protesting ?
Well over 60% of total US expenditure is on domestic and foriegn propaganda aimed at regime change - the name of this is CIA.
You have huge protests supporting Ahmadinijad - where is the coverage of this ?
I can not believe what I am watching, I can not believe that people are falling for the same trick again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again - when will you wake up!?
Originally posted by FredT
reply to post by David9176
Tanks battling irregular forces in an urban setting have faired poorly actually. Just ask the IDF about the use of tanks in packed Gaza cities. last time they made signifigant changes to thier tactics and supported them from the air and ground. Might not be the case here.