Three years ago today --- EA's Live Coverage, re-posted in a separate entry, noted the increasing number of political prisoners and the regime's "blinding" of the foreign media, but the challenge to the regime continued with a "silent march" in Tehran's 7 Tir Square. We featured two analyses "Reading the Supreme Leader's Politics", and Shirvin Zeinalzadeh posted "An Alternative View of the Election and Demonstrations":
The situation is difficult to control, but must be understood. Those who wish to demonstrate and air their views are more than welcome to do so. However, when it comes to destroying public buildings and services, as well as violent damage, then the security forces are forced to react, as they would in any country, and put an end to violent opportunistic troublemakers, separating them from the largely legitimate and peaceful supporters of Mousavi. The key fact that Iran has to now accept, as well as the international arena watching events unfold is that there is a large support for President Ahmadinejad, both in Iran and the rest of the world in the form of other sovereign governments who accept the results, and life must now go on.