Harrowing times in Iran

Via Andrew Sullivan, this article deserves some looking at. It sounds like things are getting dicey in Iran:
By the way, two nights ago I went out to see a few things ... as the general crowds spread into their homes militia style Mousavi supporters were out on the streets 'Basiji hunting'.

Their resolve is no less than these thugs -- they after hunting them down. They use their phones, their childhood friends, their intimate knowledge of their districts and neighbours to plan their attacks -- they're organised and they're supported by their community so they have little fear. They create the havoc they're after, ambush the thugs, use their Cocktail Molotovs, disperse and re-assemble elsewhere and then start again - and the door of every house is open to them as safe harbour -- they're community-connected.

The other thing that struck me was this:
Also, with $10K every local police station lock can be broken and guns taken out...the police too are crowd friendly...for sure put a gun in their hands and these young become a serious counter-balance to the Basij...call them 10% of 18-22 year olds - that makes circa 10 million around the country versus max 4 million Basijis.

It's not the astounding sum that's passed off as unimportant -- that could be mistaken English -- the crucial point here is that the police appear to be sympathetic to the pro-democracy students. The regime will stay afloat or sink based on whether or not its enforcers will be willing to fire on the crowds. To some extent, the mullahs' goon squads have been willing to shoot, but if the police aren't, that's big. Moreover, this reveals the depth of the rot of corruption in Iran -- corruption deteriorates ideology, and that can be a big benefit for the protesters.