Is this the beginning of the end? I hope so: "The clock began to tick for Ayatollah Khameni's fall from today. Killing people on Ashura shows how far Mr. Khamenei is willing to go to suppress the protests. People are comparing him more with Yazid because they consider him responsible for the order to use violence against people." So said Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former member of Iran's Parliament, to the Times.

I hope this is right, for any number of reasons; mainly because a regime that murders its own children has no right to exist. But I hope it's correct because of the other ticking clock -- the Iranian nuclear clock. It would be best for everyone if the people of Iran could triumph over their oppressors before the regime goes definitively nuclear. The peace of the world may depend on this.

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