Iran's Top Electoral Body Rules Out Do-Over

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Despite the protests, and the charges of fraud, the results of Iran's presidential election will stand.

The country's top electoral body has ruled out any chance of a re-vote.  It is just another sign that Iran's leadership is determined to crush the opposition.

The ruling is the regime's latest attempt to silence the protests that have gone on for more than a week, even in the face of ominous threats from Iranian political and military authorities.

Josh Goodman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies appeared on Tuesday's CBN News Morning program to discuss the recent demonstrations in Iran and how the U.S. and other countries should react to the Iranian government's violent response.  Click here  to watch the interview.

Although the leader of the opposition, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has been keeping a low profile in recent days, his supporters are not backing down, planning more rallies and gatherings.

"People have been saying, 'We are going to risk our lives in coming to the streets.' Now he has to show, by being physically present," said author Azar Nafisi.

On Monday, riot police fired tear gas and bullets into a crowd of 200 people, who were paying tribute to those killed in the protests.

One of those victims was Neda Soltan, whose symbolic death was caught on video and was seen around the world, even reaching into the White House where it was watched by President Obama.

"I think he has been moved by images we've seen on television," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "Particularly so by images of women in Iran who have stood up for their right to demonstrate, to speak out, and to be heard."

But critics want to hear President Obama take a more forceful stand.

The White House has taken some flak for trying to walk a fine line between supporting the demonstrations, while trying to appear as though the U.S. is not meddling in Iran's internal affairs.

At a press conference in Washington, the harsh response to the protests drove Reza Pahlavi, Iran's former crown prince, to tears.

While remembering the death of Neda Soltan, the prince vowed that a movement was born and asked if the world was prepared to prevent the possibility of another Tiananmen square.

"Their defeat will encourage extremism from the shores of the Levante to the energy jugulars of the world," Pahlavi said.

At this point, seventeen people have been killed and more than 400 people have been arrested since the protests began.

A top Iranian judicial official confirmed that a special court has been set up to deal with the rioters.

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