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IRANIAN VOICES

Iran is becoming the big story and the BBC website has a nice collection of e-mails from Iranians. Elsewhere there is an interesting comment from Iranian blogger Hoder in reaction to George Bush’s weekend statement of support for the demonstrators.

Hoder’s suggestion that Bush keeps his mouth shut gets a mixed reaction from his readers but he raises an important issue. There is no doubt of course that the US wants change in Iran (don’t we all?) and Bush was asked a straight question by a reporter and had to give an answer. But you would hope that the administration realises that associating too closely with the demonstrations gives the clerics the chance to paint their opponents as a ‘fifth column’ and a chance to try and turn the protests into a national sovereignty issue – which would clearly not be helpful.

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