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  •  The way the police behaved in NYC (8+ / 0-)

    in the run up to the Iraq war was horrible.  They caged the protesters--you couldn't leave it if you wanted to and I almost got trampled by horses.  The RNC protests were even worse and people got arrested for just being on the "wrong" street at the wrong time.

    However.

    I would never ever compare that to what is going on in Iran.  For one thing, the cops didn't go around maurading, beating people, smashing windows, invading homes, vandalizing property or shooting people for the hell of it.  

    And once people got arrested, they were out within a couple of days and were not beaten (usually!) and had access to lawyers and relatively decent courts.  And Oh yeah, they weren't tortured and put on TV with fabricated "confessions."

    I could go on for quite a bit longer but I won't.

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      timewarp, MnplsLiberal

      Some people are equating crappy behavior by police anywhere at any time in the US with what's going on in Iran.  One need not deny abuses in the US to say that it's nothing like what's happening in Iran.  

      "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

      by Dana Houle on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 06:24:29 PM PDT

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