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Pictures of Tyranny

June 20, 2009

Americans are spoiled. When we want to invoke imagery from our own revolutionary history, we get sprawling landscapes of marching, uniformed infantry — punctuated every now and again by a melodramatically felled martyr, a footnote to the glory of triumph, a subtle acknowledgment that yes, ‘tis a solemn business, this breaking of one’s shackles.

Iran will not be so lucky. We have cameras now. And there is nothing subtle about the images of their revolution.

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