Interestingly, the Imam and YouTube Diplomacy have something in common: they have both been valuable inroads for the Obama Administration's engagement with the Muslim World.
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To bet heavily on web 2.0, particularly in light of the events in Iran, is too aggressive a step for the Obama Administration with too unpredictable a technology still early in its infancy.
It's not just Iran. Getting news out of countries in the throes of political turmoil has always been dicey. And getting the news out has often meant using the most recent technology to thwart the authorities.
The pictures from Tehran are showing that Iranians are not monolithic in their beliefs. Demonstrably they can be both committed to God and to free and fair elections.
In Iran, a religious revolution in decline is confronting a technological revolution in ascendancy.
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