September 28, 2010 4:13 PM PDT

Two decades in prison for Iranian blogger

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Hossein Derakhshan, an influential Iranian-Canadian blogger who was arrested two years ago when he returned from self-imposed exile to live in Iran, was sentenced to 19.5 years.
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Time for the United States and the U.N. to step in here and tell Iran "Release this man, or it means war!" I don't usually take that as the first thing, I'm a 'peacenik'.... but it's becoming more and more clear that the Iranian government is totally corrupt and needs a change.
Posted by Lerianis4 (4855 comments )
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@Learianis4. Since when you realized that.

a) When the Ayatollahs overtook the U.S. puppet, aka the Sha.
b) When the U.S. used Saddam Hussein to attack the Ayatollahs.
c) When the Bush administration, strangely attacked Afghanistan (supposedly to find Osama Bin Laden) and then attacked Iraq (for supposedly having Weapons of Mass Destruction), and neither of those proved right, but essentially show an apparent military intent to "surround" Iran [check your Google Map, if you don't believe me]
d) When (mysteriously) the U.S. found that Iran was making "nuculear" weapons, in a plant that was--ironically--sponsored by the U.S. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_program_of_Iran) before the toppling of the Sha.
e) When this strange fellow, after suddenly being a convert to Ahmadinejad views, decides to return to Iran and gets arrested two weeks into his "visit".

To me, those are too many "strange" situations to believe even an ounce of what's been said of Iran and its regime.

BTW. All the above doesn't mean am an Islamist or that I support the radicals (aka Taliban, Hamas,etc). Quite the contrary, I'm Jewish and support Israel. I also believe technology enlightens people and should be fostered. But I also believe in self-determination (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-determination) and feel interventionism is NOT the route to freedom.
Posted by cosuna (378 comments )
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The Afghanistan invasion was warranted, supported by international law, and the Taliban government was outspoken in its support for and hosting of Al Qaida and Bin Laden.

Iraq was a different case entirely. It was the result of a concerted effort to change the facts in order to suit longstanding objectives. It was not supported by international law.
Posted by furutan (244 comments )
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non of you not live here,and every thing that you said is just guess,i live here, and i know what happen here,iran is hell ,iran is biggest prison in the word,non of you can't understand me
Posted by milad760 (2 comments )
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non of you not live here,and every thing that you said is just guess,i live here, and i know what happen here,iran is hell ,iran is biggest prison in the word,non of you can't understand me
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