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A Peaceful Conclusion To Iran Election Results Does Not Seem Possible

By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.

I would like to chime in on my colleague Peter Roff's Tuesday blog, predicting the mullahs may yet be ousted in Iran. He wrote:

The millions of Iranians who are the streets this week may bring down the regime. Toppling the mullahs would have a profound impact on U.S. security, potentially removing from the scene one of this country's major enemies and what is perhaps the world's principal terrorist-supporting state.

Here, here! I am listening to a public radio report as I write this, about the importance of the Internet and social networking in organizing the Iranian protests. The government is aware of this and cracking down on internet usage as a result. This is fomenting more calls for outright rebellion.

President Obama made, as Peter Roff noted, wishy-washy remarks, but his former opponent, Sen. John McCain, came out stronger, calling on the President to call the Iranian election what it was: a sham.

Meanwhile, the protesters continue their anti-government work:

Tens of thousands of supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated main challenger in the disputed Iranian presidential election, rallied in central Tehran, video on Iranian state television showed, after the biggest protest in 30 years led to as many as 15 deaths.

Let's all hope this is resolved peacefully and no more blood is shed. But that does not seem possible from here.

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By Bonnie Erbe

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