“Don’t cross the line”

“Don’t cross the line into forbidden territory! Bashar Al-Asad is above accusations!”
–A Syrian Baath Party hack responding to a dissident’s criticism of Syria’s ruler.

“We advise Mr. Karrubi to revise his statement. There are certain red lines nobody should cross, including Mr. Karrubi.”
–A spokesman for the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, responding to candidate Mehdi Karrubi’s charges of vote-rigging in the recent presidential election. Three newspapers which reported Karrubi’s statement were ordered closed.

These guys have their own special way of talking, don’t they? When people start routinely crossing the lines anyway, that’s when they’re finished.