The world may be watching, as President Obama keeps repeating, but that is not protecting the protesters in Iran. From a link on Twitter, John Wohlstetter forwards this BBC feed — people trying to man burning barricades. They are fired upon. Gunshot after gunshot. They seek shelter but with incredible determination try to hold their ground.
Yes, the world is watching. So now what?
The crucial question is whether, in the face of demonstrators willing to die for their cause, Iran’s security forces will flip, and go over to the side of the demonstrators. For that, it does not help at all to have Obama referring to Ali Khamenei as “the Supreme Leader,” or doing anything else that holds out any mantle of legitimacy to the Iranian regime (see post below).