Monday, June 29, 2009

Nefarious forces

Sooner or later, this moment always comes: people revolt against a repressive government, and the repressive government blames the unrest on foreign conspirators.

Iranian Supreme Leader first singled out the United Kingdom, blaming its government policies, then BBC broadcasts. Now it has detained some of the local employees of the UK embassy in Tehran. The detentions came on the same day that an estimated 3,000 demonstrated against the regime, despite the beatings, arrests and murders that could ensue.

Do the Iranian people believe in these conspiracy theories? Daniel Pipes hopes that they do not, and notices that so far there is little evidence that the Iranian public is falling for them.

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