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OUT IN FORCE: Iranian police stand guard Thursday as pro-government demonstrators attend a rally in Tehran commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the pro-U.S. government there. Meanwhile, opposition forces rallied in protest.

    EDITORIAL: Iran hangs a little fish

    A year ago, The Washington Times helped bring the world's attention to the plight of Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish school-teacher wrongly accused of being a terrorist by the Islamic regime in Tehran. He spent almost four years of physical and mental torture in Iran's prison system. Mr. Kamangar's suffering ceased Sunday at the end of a hangman's noose. He was 34 years old.

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  • Farzad, he said, "is a teacher, a poet, a journalist, a human rights activist and a special person."

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  • "Is it possible to be a teacher and not show the path to the sea to the little fish of the country?" he wrote. "Is it possible to carry the heavy burden of being a teacher and be responsible for spreading the seeds of knowledge and still be silent? Is it possible to see the lumps in the throats of the students and witness their thin and malnourished faces and keep quiet? ... I cannot imagine witnessing the pain and poverty of the people of this land and fail to give our hearts to the river and the sea, to the roar and the flood."

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