Iran’s president Ahmadinejad and its chief religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have stroked the fire of fanaticism by sending crowds into the streets chanting death to those who oppose the government. Opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi has been threatened and warned about continuing his campaign of denouncing the government. At least eight have died in demonstrations over the past week including the nephew of Mousavi. In response for demands of his silence, Mousavi quietly noted: “I explicitly and clearly state that in order to execute, murder and imprison (opposition leaders)… won’t resole the problem. I’m not afraid to be one of the martyrs people have offered in the struggle for their just demands.” He placed blame on “specific individuals and the state TV” for arousing street anger.
The nightmare confronting Iran’s leadership is that one of those who have been aroused to kill will murder Mousavi and set into motion even larger protests.