“Une revolte? Non, Sire, c’est une revolution.”

Burning riot-police motorbikes in Tehran.

Or at least we can hope so.

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From an Iranian blogger, who has more pictures and much video.

The burning motorcycles used to be the property of the riot police. Not sure what happened to their riders. There are reports that the dissidents managed to take over an entire police station, which might shift the arms balance between the two sides.

And to all the preachers of jihad-against-Islam currently sitting safely in the U.S., sneering at the difference between Ahmadi-nejad and Moussawi while people in Iran who love freedom are getting clubbed and tear-gassed by A-n’s thugs, allow me to extend my most sincere one-fingered salute. What Moussawi said fifteen years ago is irrelevant; right now, he represents the hopes of those tired of living under tyranny.

As to Joe Lieberman and others demanding that Barack Obama help Ahmadi-nejad by allowing A-n to use the U.S. as the bogey-man: please, please, PLEASE just STFU.

Update On cue, Jim Lindgren demands in outraged tones that the Obama Administration do what the Ahmadi-nejad faction wants it to do by making this a US-vs.-Iran issue rather than doing what the people getting beaten up and shot want it to do by allowing the focus within Iran to remain on tyranny rather than foreign relations.

Would Al Gore have wanted the support of the Iranian government in 2000? Of course not. We’ve been in a state of near-war with Iran for thirty years. The notion that U.S. government support for one faction in Iranian politics will help that faction rather than its opponents doesn’t pass the giggle test.

Since I doubt Lindgren is actually stupid in real life, I can only conclude that, like much of the right wing, he is so blinded by hatred of Obama he can’t see anything else clearly.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com