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I don't know Tehran so I don't know the strategic or tactical importance - if any - of those areas.

50 are enough to block or channel small groups of people but the basij are isolated or semi-isolated from reinforcement.  Meaning they can be overwhelmed anytime enough people decide to do it.

What this says to me is their command structure still hasn't gasped the situation.  The regime isn't going all-out to repress the protests but is using enough force to drive the situation in an increasing cycle of violence.  Further, the use of violence by the regime seems to be destroying the last shreds of popular - in the cities, anyway - support and popular legitimacy.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 01:37:18 PM EST
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