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To: Khashayar; DoctorZIn
"I think it's best for us to see if this movement that is under way with people marching and expressing their views is enough to put pressure on the political part of the Iranian government, President Khatami, and then the religious part under (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali) Khameneh’i to see whether this causes them to realise that they are going down a loser trail", Powell told the radio station"

No matter what else he said, this is the nutshell.
I believe he is in effect saying our hands are off, for now. And, we are watching to see if the Iranian people can exert enough pressure by themselves to make the current leadership see they are on a loser trail.
I'll bet the public reaction from the hardliners is not at all what they are saying and thinking privately to themselves.
This statement by Powell clearly states we are watching to see if the movement alone can exert enough pressure, and I am sure the hardliners are wondering what we'll do if we see the movement needs some help.
15 posted on 07/05/2003 7:49:03 AM PDT by visualops (Fight for the freedom and liberty of your fellow man as you would your own.)
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To: visualops
I also think it had something to do with the threats to start executing the students. The regime was using US intervention as an excuse to kill the students already under arrest and to quell the rest. This was the US publically stating that we had nothing to do with it. If the students continue, the mad mullahs won't be able to blame it on the US, and get away with killing the people by saying the US was behind it.
17 posted on 07/05/2003 8:10:22 AM PDT by McGavin999
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