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December 27, 2002

Iranians Demand:
"Death To Dictatorship!"

"Iran's mullahs have lost their legitimacy with a wide swath of Iranians who have concluded that Islamic hard-liners, not America, are to blame for their economic woes, political paralysis and isolation.

The fact that they've identified the real problem as bad mullahs, not outsiders; and the real solution as true democracy, not some rigged Islamic version -- is a big change. When Arab Muslims across the gulf draw the same conclusion - that their own autocrats, religious fanatics and education systems are what's holding them back, not America – they will begin curbing the madness."

-- Thomas L. Friedman