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Protesting Iran

So far, in response to my article today–about Italian pro-Israel demonstrations and the lack of such demonstrations elsewhere–I have received two helpful emails, pointing out that there have been at least two anti-Iranian demonstrations, one in Berkeley, the other in Stockholm. Good news, yes, but these are primarily anti-regime Iranians demonstrating, these are not un-hyphenated Americans or Swedes-in-the-street defending Israel’s right to exist.

Here are the references and the nice emails:

Members of the Iranian Academic Union display a caricature of Iranian President Ahmadinejad with a nuclear bomb for a nose during a demonstration against the Iranian leadership in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 27, 2005.

Not very Nobel!

And,

On November 1, a group of Iranian expatriates (and their supporters) held a rally and press conference at the entrance to the U.C. Berkeley campus, at Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. The event was announced through an online press release and a notice on Yahoo news.

The event was arranged as a response to the statements by Iranian president Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be destroyed and “wiped off the map.”

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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