February 22, 2004
"RIGGED POLL PUTS IRAN'S HARDLINERS IN POWER:" This headline tells it like it is. So does this Iranian:
Imad Nemaatallahi, an engineering student, said: "The talking will stop, the newspapers will be closed down and we will either end up richer or there will be another revolution."
I don't think "richer" is a viable option. There are already violent protests in southern Iran over vote rigging. I don't know if they'll turn into something bigger -- I kind of doubt it -- but it seems clear that any hope of peaceful democratic change in Iran is gone.