In the torrent of twitters that came out of Iran last Saturday, we stumbled upon a particularly gruesome photo of what appeared to be an Iranian protestor in a morgue.  But the photo was presented without any context, and it did not reappear widely, so we decided not to post it. However, a blogger at the Center For Threat Awareness now gives the photo some credence:

This was a brutal murder of an assuredly unarmed protester of the up-close-and-personal variety. An act, and one not isolated, which requires the presence of inhumane malice and aggression and the absence of humanity. The traits required for massacres upon the unarmed. There is no nuance, no logical approach, no deft explanation that covers near silence and inadequate, tepid condemnation of the meekest sort. To decline any mention of possible repercussions on the regime for these acts "because we don't know how this is going to turn out" is moral cowardice of the highest order.

Also, a tweet we posted yesterday from persiankiwi gives the alleged axing even more credibility:

in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher - Allah Akbar

The photo is after the jump, but viewer discretion advised: