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‘Crackdown’ won’t work

Apparently the Iranian people were starting to enjoy themselves a little too much to suit the ruling clerics. Supreme leader Ali Khamenei has ordered a police crackdown on “social vices.” So the police have been seizing satellite dishes and raiding private parties in search of alcohol, unapproved videos and CDs and other trappings of Western decadence.

The repressive hand of the ayatollahs has fallen especially hard on Iranian women who are enjoined from wearing “inappropriate” makeup and clothes that show any part of the hair or the leg. Bright colors are out, too. …

… You don’t have to be a sociologist to see that this crackdown on vice, which elsewhere would be seen as the innocent music, fashion and films of the young, is not going to work and may even end badly.

A very young nation, Iran has, according to the International Monetary Fund, the world’s highest brain drain. The best and brightest of Iran’s young people seem to want only one thing – out.

– Denver Rocky Mountain News

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