At least five people were killed and dozens left injured outside the Azadi stadium in Tehran after anti-government protests erupted at the end of the Iran-Japan World Cup qualifier football match this evening.
Eye-witnesses reported that the regime used special anti-riot units and hundreds of State Security Forces (SSF) to launch an offensive on the 100,000-strong crowd, after spectators started chanting anti-government slogans. (IranFocus.com, 03/25/05.)
I am glad to see that DoctorZin (Gary Metz) of Regime Change Iran has linked to Elan Journo's article, Death to "Diplomacy" with Iran.
Elan Journo writing for the Ayn Rand Institute observes not all problems are economic. He points to the current EU3 negotiations with Iran. (RegimeChangeIran.com, 03/26/05.)
Here is an excerpt from Elan Journo's article.
This approach of diplomacy-with-anyone-at-any-cost necessarily results in nourishing one's enemy and sharpening its fangs. That is what happened under a 1994 deal with communist North Korea. In return for boatloads of aid and oil from the United States, Japan and other nations, North Korea promised not to develop nuclear weapons. Despite U.N. inspections, North Korea flouted the agreement repeatedly. When caught cheating, it promised anew to end its nuclear program in return for more "incentives." In February 2005 North Korea declared (plausibly) that it had succeeded in building nuclear weapons. (MensNewsDaily.com, 03/26/05.)
Related: My post, NUTTY ADVICE: "HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH TEHRAN".