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If I lived in Iran, I’d probably be pretty unhappy if a photographer took my picture on the street. Still, she doesn’t look exactly eager to take the election leaflet from this member of the Basij paramilitary.
Why it matters: There are three groups urging conflict with Iran: 1. the GOP, 2. Israel, 3. the leaders of the Iranian government in advance of the first major election since the 2009 uprising because they need it to unite the electorate.
I get a sense that the people of Iran are ambivalent.
(photo credit: Newsha Tavakolian/The New York Times caption: Members of Iran’s Basij paramilitary organization recently handed out leaflets for candidates of the Stability Front, a hard-line group of clerics who say that religion is more important than democracy. In the days leading up to the country’s parliamentary elections on Friday, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other top officials have been crisscrossing Iran to issue stern warnings against a vast Western conspiracy to undermine the vote.)
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