Taking sides in Iranian election
Many Westerners, especially those on Twitter have made up their minds: a) we must take sides in the events following the Iran Elections b) particularly, Mir-Hossein Mousavi's side.
First of all, our knowledge of Iran is spotty at best, you can read more in this excellent article. So what do we know about Iran elections? The current president, Ahmadinejad, got twice as many votes as Mousavi. Quite predictably, immediately allegations were made that there was election fraud. No one knows whether there were and if there were, then they could answer for the huge win.
Despite Ahmadinejad's track record of speaking heavily against Israel (called for the dissolving it and denied holocaust) and the USA, compared to Mousavi, he is innocent as today born lamb. Mr. Mousavi is known to have taken significant part in the hostage crisis in 1979 while Ahmadinejad is only alleged with this. Later, in 1998, Mousavi was one of the responsible for the mass execution of political prisoners. We can also find him among the founders of Hezbollah.
All this does not mean that Ahmadinejad has any right whatsoever to stop protests violently -- but are you sure you want to take sides between these two charming guys when you absolutely have no clue of who is supported by the Iranian majority and why?