Iran: A Rift that Cannot be Healed
asharq alawsat / Amir Taheri
26-Jun-2009 (one comment)

Initially, some in the West, including some of US President Barack Hussein Obama's advisors, claimed that the pro-Mousavi’s revolt was little more than an expression of anger by Iran's upper middle classes and "the golden youth" of Tehran's wealthy districts. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, the two camps are present throughout Iranian society, cutting across class, regional, and age boundaries. Mousavi enjoys much support among both the rural and urban poor while Ahmadinejad has partisans among the rich even in the posh districts of Tehran.

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