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The terrible image that Iran's leaders can never shred

A bullet pierced Neda Soltan's chest in Tehran as she watched street protests about Iran's recent elections. She collapsed like a young faun shot by poachers and was filmed, dying, on a camera phone.

Her dying went global before sundown, provoking more outrage than the hectares of debate on alleged electoral fraud. The sight of her soulful eyes gazing enigmatically towards something only she could see turned viewers into witnesses. They saw her blood grow from drops into rivers.

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