Iran remains tense but is calmer this morning. Violence flared over the weekend and at least 10 people died as a result of clashes between protesters and police. The Iranian government has accused the west of backing the protests and trying to undermine the stability of Iran. Britain, Germany and France came under heavy attacks for trying to meddle in Iranian affairs, something which Britain’s Foreign Secretary, David Miliband,denied.
But other than condemnation and calls for vote recounts, what can the world do for Iran? With police clampdowns and media being prevented from reporting inside the country, is the world powerless to help Iran? And is it actually the right way so? Should the world leave Iranians to sort their own matters? President Obama was criticised for being too ‘timid and passive’ with the Iranian crisis. But is he right to be very cautios about what he says?
This live guardian blogsays that Mr.Mousavi can’t count on the backing of the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, who stated that the world should respect the ‘triumph’ of Ahmadinejad.
Reporting from inside Iran has become nearly impossible. The BBC’s permanent correspondent in Iran, Jon Leyne, was asked to leave the country on Sunday. Other journalists have been detained but pictures, amateur videos and facebook and twitter feeds keep coming out of the Islamic Republic. Has the world let Iran down?