Friday, June 19, 2009

News Talk Online June 19,2009: Iran At The Crossroads

The pronouncement today by the supreme leader of Iran that the results of the presidential election are final and that any further street protests will result in retribution is placing that nation at a crossroads.

Today's guest on News Talk Online on, Pooya Dayanim, president of the Iranian Jewish Public Affairs Committee, says if opposition candidate Hossein Mousav tells his people to continue protesting in defiance of the ayatollah the resistance will be viewed simply as an attempt to get the vote re-counted. But if Mousavi tells his supporters to stay off the streets on Saturday and they demonstrate regardless, the game plan changes. Leading, he believes, to an attempt at a regime change.

Dayanim says, whether they have the tools to do that and whether they have a leader to fill the vacuum should they succeed is another story altogether.

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