The Iranian presidential election of 2009 is under heavy scrutiny. Somehow, the government was able to count up paper ballots in a single day, ending with a 64 percent win for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
When Robin Wright traveled to Iran on Oct. 6, 1973, on assignment for The Christian Science Monitor, she didn’t know a war was about to begin.
“That was also the day the fourth Middle East War broke out, and I’ve been covering the Middle East since then,” she said.
The intelligence chief of a Persian Gulf country once told me his secret formula for judging the national political mood.
“Watch the traffic,” he advised.