Iran: July 7, 2002

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The country continues to slide towards civil war. Religious conservatives, seeing that they are facing a more hostile, younger and less religious population, are increasing their efforts to enforce conservative dress and behavior rules. This is leading to more confrontations between angry young people and religious conservatives threatening violence. More of these confrontations are turning violent, although so far the battles have not involved weapons (except for clubs and whips.) But once these disputes escalate to gunfire, the moderates will have martyrs that will inspire more widespread and heavily armed resistance. The police and religious vigilantes are increasing their patrols and raids on suspected parties where music and men and women