Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Iran's Downward Slide

According to the new RFE-RL Iran Report, that nation is expanding the basiji militia which is the hardline-associated group responsible for suppressing unrest such as June's student protest movement. This is announced just a week after plans to create regional Councils of Guardians, and together these developments point strongly toward a tilt in favor of the most hard-line anti-democratic elements in Iran's government. I hope President Khatami and the Reformists will recognize this for the danger it is and respond appropriately.


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