Quote of the day for 24 December 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Today's quote of the day comes from here and has to do with Iran, and this incident in particular where a crowd forcibly stopped the public execution of two people convicted of theft. So what happened after that? Well, the two people that were freed were recaptured a few hours later and those that aided them are now going to be punished. Here's where today's quote comes in.

The caveat at the beginning is very important though - if the will is there then governments can completely squelch out dissent, but this usually requires a virtual closing of all borders and a severing of relationships with all but a few countries (North Korea).

On a related note, here's a nice article from last year from BBC featuring an interview with the recently deceased Ayatollah Montazeri. "Welcome to your house", he greeted the reporters as they arrived at his residence.


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