Iran: December 7, 2002


: tends to escalate.

In the capitol, police broke up a pro-reform demonstration, arresting what they thought were the leaders. Students have been marching around shouting "Down With Dictatorship."

December 1, 2002; Despite years of strained relations, there has been increasing unofficial military and diplomatic cooperation between Iran and the US. This extends to American planning for an invasion of Iraq. Saddam Hussein is widely hated in Iran for the 1980 Iraq invasion of Iran (and subsequent death of half a million Iranians). Although the Islamic conservatives still preach, and believe, that the US is the "Great Satan", the majority of the population, and many military commanders, believe otherwise. Apparently some of these officials have been sharing intelligence data on Iraq with the US.