Spectators, but to what?

Like many others I’ve been following the situation in Iran without having a good sense of where all of this is leading. The danger inherent in overthrowing an existing political order is that one does not know what one will end up with as the end result of such an endeavour. The only other thoughts I have right now are for the protesters themselves. Doing what they have done has likely put them at risk of the fate of Zahra Kazemi or of Iran’s gays and lesbians as Iranian officials are indicating that the secret police are taking note of what is going on.

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