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Iran: Bloggers React to Rumors of Military Strikes

The rumor of an impending Israeli or American millitary attack on Iranian nuclear facilities has become a top news story. Israeli officials have emphasised that the rumor could turn into reality, as United States media has reported that Iran is on brink of nuclear capability. Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has said that Israel is not bluffing in its threat to take military action against Iran's contentious nuclear program. Russia, meanwhile, has called the threat a mistake.

Iranian civil society actors reacted to this disturbing news, as did bloggers.

Dodoozeh published several photos of toy weapons, and writes [fa] that the Revolutionary Guards are ready with new weapons to defend the Motherland.

Takeview published a photo of a pin-up model photo sitting on a bomb in a post titled “Wrong image of Iran’s war”. “The UK and U.S. are drawing up plans to attack Iran,” writes the blogger, “amid growing tensions in the Middle East, it was claimed last night.”

Nesvan recalls the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, and writes:

once upon in time there was war in Iran and we listened to red alert…the goods were rare in market but that time was different that now. It was just one year after the revolution and people thought they overthrew Shah and then they can do anything. It is like these people are not the same ones living in country. Today again we listen to the war news but what the war will solve for us? For western countries it can move their economic wheels, sell their weapons and gets rid of Iran's nuclear facilities. They can make profit but what about us? Do not you think that a limited attack to Iran, will make this regime prevail for years?

And Azar Tondar [fa] says:

there are signs that western countries aim to beef up pressure on Iran at the same time that attacking Iranian nuclear facilities makes the headlines: a UN resolution condemning human rights violation in Iran, an International Atomic Agency report on Iran suspected nulear activities and terrorist plot.

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