December 24, 2007

COUNTDOWN:

The only Iran war is within Iran: UN concern over repression in Iran is a signal that the regime's worst enemy isn't the US but itself (CS Monitor, December 20, 2007)

But the hard evidence is that Iran's 70 million people – two-thirds of whom are younger than 33 years old – are alienated from their government and tired of nearly three decades of "revolution" with little to show for it. They also resent the reckless, wasteful spending of billions of dollars in oil revenues.

Public frustrations could explode in the lead-up to March elections for parliament or the 2009 presidential vote. Riots erupted last June, for instance, when subsidized gasoline prices were raised.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 24, 2007 1:15 PM
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