An e-mail: “I wonder why nobody mentions the interesting coincidence that Iranian-government paid operation to separate two adult Siamese twins which has dominated the news (especially Iran-related news) for a coupla days was timed right before July 9. Even now CNN goes on and on about mourning in Iran and schoolchildren paying tribute to the twins and does not even mention such insignificant events as anti-government strikes and demonstrations.”
I have no doubt that Iranians mourn for the conjoined twins who died shortly after surgical separation. It is a terribly sad story. But the reader raises an interesting question–though I stress this is just a casual observation–which you can’t help but wonder about on July 9, after reading some of the statements from the regime about the twins’ death, and knowing that the mullahs paid for the surgery.