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Student Leader Arrested in Iran, Somebody Tell Foggy Bottom

ADN Kronos, which despite its name is Italian, not Greek, and which has been one of the best news services on the subject of Iran, reports that one of the leaders of the anti-Ahmadi-Nezhad demonstrations at the Polytechnic University in Tehran has been thrown into prison:


ehran, 25 April (AKI) – The spokesman of the Muslim Students Association at a Tehran polytechnic was arrested on Wednesday, Iranian news agency ILNA reports. Babak Zamanian was reportedly arrested because of interviews he gave to Farsi language radio stations that broadcast outside Iran. The students of the Amir Kabir Polytechnic made front page news around the world last December when they managed to prevent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on a visit to their campus, from making his speech. It was the first time since his landslide victory in June 2005 that Ahmadinejad had been challenged in public.

The demonstrations took place at a time when the United States had sent carrier groups into the Gulf, and named an admiral at the head of CENTCOM. The deep thinkers were placing bets on just when Bush was going to launch the American attack.

The arrest takes place at a time when the secretary of state is virtually begging for some Iranian to talk to, when Iran has thumbed its long nose at the UN, and when the Europeans are chirping sweet sounds of concession.

That’s the way it works.