Living With War And Revolution

Videos, ration books, draft dodging and business as usual in an impassioned land

Seven young men, all in their late teens or early 20s, slipped into a deserted dead-end street in eastern Tehran. From a neighborhood mosque, a loudspeaker rumbled with denunciations of America. While two of the youths acted as lookouts, a third placed a boxlike device at the base of a concrete wall, then rejoined his comrades. Subversives? Yes indeed, but not the kind to start an armed rebellion against the government. These, after all, were children of the Khomeini revolution, indoctrinated in the dream of conquering the world for Islam. But on this occasion they had another aim: they began to...