Tuesday, April 5, 2011

An attempt at regime change in Iran may be deadlier than Libya

Basij militiamen aim their weapons at unarmed protesters


As brave dissidents from the Arab states of the gulf to the western shores of North Africa continue their often deadly confrontations with decades-old regimes in the region, many may have forgotten about the images of thousands of Iranians that flooded their own proclaimed "liberation square" in their country's capital. We were all surprised by the eighteen long days in which Hosni Mubarak refused to heed to the calls of massive protests in Egypt, and later, we became shocked by Muammar Qaddafi's fatuous behavior and insistence on staying in power in Tripoli.