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  •  All too true, and (2+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, bobdevo

    while it is good that a "moderate" won, I would speculate that many assurances were made by Rowhani, Rafsanjani and Khatami that they would not rock the boat significantly or they would not have let him run. After the 2009 debacle they (the true ruling elite surrounding Khamenei) needed to establish some credibility. Don't forget that Mousavi and Karroubi are still on house arrest and that Iran executes more people per capita than anyone at 300+ in 2012.

    I have always argued that US policy generally reinforces the conservative elements in Iran, and we should do better. However, one should not forget that we are dealing with a pretty repressive regime.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 08:46:06 AM PDT

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