Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Preoccupied by Iran

Like a lot of people I've been rather preoccupied by events in Iran, perhaps more than many people in that I've had to write about it as well as observe and think about it. Here is today's Register editorial, which confesses to being inspired by the massive expressions of readiness for change yet cautious about how things might turn out, even with regime change. I also blogged about Iran several times on the Register's Orange Punch blog, here, here, and here.

There are links to helpful sites with constant updates, reflections on Twitter, and an acknowledgment that we know less about the situation than we probably think we do, with links to various interpretations.

I also worked on my Sunday Commentary cover piece, which laments the plight of seven Iranian-Americans facing prison terms for donating to the Mujahedin-e Khalq Iranian resistance movement, which has absurdly been designated a terroriast organization by the U.S. State Dept.

I would like to hope that this is a pre-revolutionary moment, but it's worth remembering that more often than not revolutions bring in regimes that are in some ways worse than those they replaced.

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