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This is a photo taken in Tehran yesterday. The man in the middle is about to be hanged by the regime for stabbing a man and stealing $20 — an act he claimed he was driven to by poverty. He puts his head on his executioner’s shoulder, and his executioner stretches out his arm for comfort. The moment of humanity between the killer and he who is to be killed is something terrible to think about. As Walter Russell Mead puts it, this is what the Islamic regime in Iran is about: making a victim even of its executioners. May the Iranian people free themselves from these tyrants.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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