Watching the events unfold, I notice that while there has been some death, and some bloodshed, what is remarkable so far is how little shooting is going on. This could all turn in a matter of minutes, but it’s starting to resemble Poland or East Germany toward the end, where the police/military were reluctant to fire on protestors and just “hoped they’d go away.” Obviously, this isn’t happening in Iran.
More important, how wise does President Bush now look for putting (admittedly flawed) democracies on each side of the “Islamic Republic?” Did you see the picture of the woman with a sign that said, “Regime change!” Who do you think she was referring to?
Meanwhile, the current oaf in the Oval just sits, hoping that a winner is clear so he can jump on board without risk. It’s the epitome not only of gutlessness, but of indecision and absence of policy.
**Update, 6/22/09 10:00 pm EST: It appears that a few more people have been shot, and that the police are routinely now shooting in the air. That’s still interesting. Imagine Stalin’s secret police shooting at anything but bodies.