Checkmate. Diplomacy won’t work, sanctions won’t work, and bombing will destabilize the entire region. On that last point, the locals agree — although, as InstaGlenn might say, perhaps that’s less of a bug than a feature.
The mullahs are celebrating their fait accompli with “special” friends. The New York Sun sounds a hopeful note by calling the ongoing student riots in Iran “the most determined opposition [the clerics] have seen in three years,” and Gateway Pundit‘s account certainly seems to corroborate that. On the other hand, I’ve been reading stories about student uprisings for four years now and not one of them has amounted to much. Cross those fingers, by all means, but don’t get your hopes up.