Here's an interchange with a tweeter:
khoobehi: WTF??: "5 days later, the uprising is little more than a symbolic protest, crushed by the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps." your NYT oped: agree about coup but disagree in that it is failing. also crckdwn is basij not rev guard. some revguard helping ppl.
Pletka: sorry perhaps unfair but fundamentally unsure reins of power will B retaken by the ppl. tell me, wht does victory look like?
khoobehi: 2 many ppl to crackdown IMO. khamenei grtly weakened. future gov oblig 2 respect ppl. btw diff POV but enjoy yr column.
Pletka: hre's my fear: victory looks lk status quo ante. Iranians still enslaved under IRI tyranny. hence "symbolic". Is victory in sight?
She's basially admitting here that she declared the revolt over because she wants it to be over. She fears a Mousavi victory would empower the strategy of engagement, and she needs to get another war on. She is entitled to her view, and she is entitled to believing that the regime has enough weaponry to prevail. But she is not entitled to declare a revolt over when we have no idea where it is headed.
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