Dear Geoffrey, While I appreciate idealism as the other bloke, your argument leads to a rapid slippery slope. Following it would have lost the brits and americans espionage battles of the cold war. What you are saying is that by choosing a side and operating in a manner that helps that side -- in this case, the opposition forces in Iran, you are playing into the hands of the Iranian regime who will use it to argue that the rebellion is supported by Non-Iranians. You are basically saying that any opinion against the Iranian regime from an outsider source will serve to strengthen the Iranian regime. This is rather defeatist in my own ideological opinion which argues that people, of all nations, have the duty of taking a stand against oppression, and not allow cynical regimes to manipulate public opinion into thinking that doing so will weaken the opposition.