Very few Westerners would praise a murderer and sell him weapons. Very few Westerners would beat up a poor person in order to get cheaper petrol. But our governments do this abroad all the time.
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Increasing sanctions coupled with a record of reliance on aggressive language, inflexible positions and the overhanging threat of war have only served to toughen Iranian resolve.
The 31th anniversary of the 1979 revolution will test the movement. The words of the student choosing death over silence are perhaps those of a generation determined to reclaim its society and freedom.
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