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…but orange now and black

Iran Today

It’s impossible to get a read on what actually is happening, or where things are going. It’s clear that the Government brought out its whole arsenal. It’s also clear that the protesters have not backed down. One defining event seems to have been a bombing near the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (the first Supreme Leader of Iran following the Revolution). Most seem to think that it was a cynical move by the regime akin to the Reichstag fire, but it’s impossible to confirm that. State TV is obviously pinning it on the reformers. Juan Cole:

My guess, if its true, is Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK or something very like it (which, if true, would be bad publicity for the reformers, since MEK is universally hated in Iran.)

Anyway, I’m going to read the liveblogs at Andrew Sullivan, the HuffPost, the Guardian, the NYT, and the NIAC, but hold back from blogging about things until the dust has settled a bit.


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