There are new stories of unrest in Tehran. It has been assumed that the protests have never really stopped since this summer's "election" but news from inside Iran is spotty at best.
Report: Iranian forces, demonstrators clash
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian security forces beat protesters in central Tehran on Saturday, a sign of mounting tensions ahead of planned opposition rallies to mark a religious festival and the death of a dissident cleric a week ago, a reformist Web site said.
The Rah-e-Sabz site said forces, including the elite Revolutionary Guard and the paramilitary Basijis, used tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to disperse demonstrators, and broke the windows of cars that were honking horns in protest.
It said protests occurred in at least three areas: Imam Hossein Square, Pol-e-Choobi and Ferdowsi Square.
The report could not be independently confirmed because the Iranian government has banned foreign media from covering opposition protests.
So this is today's question:
What, if anything, should Obama do about the protests?
Should he ignore them as none of our business?
Should he give clandestine assistance to the opposition in hopes of them overthrowing the ruling government?
Should he openly offer assistance in an outright attempt to overthrow the government?
Finally, using a more cynical approach, should he use the threat of assisting the opposition as a bargaining chip in the ongoing attempt to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?
What do you think about this?