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When the West blinks

"When the West blinks" Continued...

Issue: "Death blow," June 17, 2006

The kind of plaintive cross-border exchange witnessed by the West Virginia National Guard, many soldiers say, is typical-representing a demographic fatigued by nearly 30 years of Islamic revolution that has annihilated the country's economy, forced men and women into contorted segregation, sanctioned marriage of young girls-and prompted commentator Christopher Hitchens to recently declare the Iranian people "a red state."

The Bush administration and Congress have moved this month to increase support to Iranian opposition groups. Such backing, however, could turn out to be not enough compared to an infusion of American technology.

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