Michael Totten

On the 31st Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD declares Iran a nuclear state and that Israel will be destroyed once and for all if it initiates an attack.

THE WHITE HOUSE dismisses Ahmadinejad’s claim as based on politics rather than physics.

AT THE SAME TIME, the U.S. targets the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps with sanctions.

PROTESTERS clash with security forces.

THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, like the Chinese government, is now at war with Google.

FINLAND’S FOREIGN MINISTER says European Union sanctions against Iran are only weeks or even days away.

GREEN MOVEMENT LEADER Mir Hossein Mousavi’s wife, who is 65 years old, was beaten in the streets by the Basij militia with clubs.

REUEL MARC GERECHT wonders aloud in the New York Times if Iran will at some point become a beacon of liberty.