We’re in vacation mode this week at CAP, and I don’t like the tone of preening self-congratulation that tends to seep into blogging about other people’s risky political protests. But I do want to acknowledge what’s going on in Iran where people are out in the streets again, en masse, demonstrating for freedom and democracy and risking their necks against a regime whose security forces have a demonstrated willingness to shed blood and kill people.

Doubtless they don’t care what I have to say, but the crucial thing is for a critical mass of the people serving in the forces of the regime to recognize that those are patriotic fellow-citizens out there on the streets and it’s the dictators whose selfish desire for their own power and security is weakening the country.