Roger Cohen, The New York Times | February 16, 2009
From the Alborz Mountains one catches sight of Tehran, a world apart in terms of political and religious liberties. ++ In the mountains "everything" is permitted, and several young people flee there to escape the physical and mental repression of the metropolis. ++ Change will eventually spill over into the entire country; it is just a matter of time. ++ The West has a part to play to accelerate Iranians' transition towards liberty: "avoid an act of war that would increase repression and embolden religious nationalism."