Sheldon makes some good points about the u.s. and Iran here. It would be interesting to know how much involvement the u.s. already has in whats going on there. The Iranian government says that foreign influences are involved but youd expect it to say that. The relevant foreign influences deny that theyre involved, but youd expect them to say that too. The u.s. government certainly has an incentive to intervene covertly though theyre also so incompetent and clueless that they actually might not have.
That Twitter delayed its downtime until nighttime in Iran in order to avoid interfering with coordination among the protesters is great, but the fact that the u.s. govt. asked them for the delay makes me wonder what else the u.s. govt. is doing? That the u.s. govt. could simply have created this situation out of whole cloth as the Iranian govt. would have us believe is ludicrous; but to what extent did the u.s. actually promote this situation and to what extent are they simply trying to exploit an independently arising situation?
The protests also seem to be coinciding with a power struggle within the Iranian leadership. (I mean the actual leadership, not the presidency.) So the same question can be posed there: to what extent did dissident factions within the ruling council actually promote this situation and to what extent are they simply trying to exploit an independently arising situation?