If you take the word "Islamic" out, you may be describing the US government as well. We may not be a "total police state" yet, but we almost got there under Bush and Cheney.
I respectfully disagree.
While some people in the U.S. might be in self brain washing mode re the extend of big business owning respective Governments, whether Republican or Democrat run, and the chipping away at individual freedoms, a comparison with Iran is hardly possible?
Iran's large prison population of regime dissenters shows how the Mullah Kleptocracy puts the T into Totalitarian. Newspaper journalists are being imprisoned, newspapers closed down, opponents are 'disappeared,' etc. In an effort to keep young Iranian's docile, a balloon of heroin is cheaper than a can of soda.
Iranian's who want to travel outside Iran need to apply for a exit visa / permit.
To call this charade an election is ludicrous, the outcome was always a foregone conclusion.
The one thing the Mullah's may not have counted on / only good to come out of the 'election,' is the platform it gives Iranian's to voice their opposition and anger.
Some of the pictures remind me of the beginning of the 78/79 Revolution, and my experiences when I lived in Tehran. Beside Iran's jamming of radio and satellite signals, It will be interesting to know which journalists are being held, and which news cast suppressed.
(Before the 78/79 Revolution I had managed to smuggle in a Yaesu short wave receiver, and could still listen to jammed broadcasts on the carrier wave (SSB). The possession of any radio capable of receiving short wave signals is and was illegal in Iran.
If caught, there was a good chance of being accused of being a spy and executed,.. no kidding.)
The armed forces under the command of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution, as well as the Islamo fascist Basij motorcycle hooligans, are out in force to brutally break up protests.
The nightly voices of opposition off roof tops, familiar from the anti Shah protests, are a bit harder to suppress though.
The true catalyst of the 78/79 Revolution was the killings in Jaleh square of a large assembly of protesters (disputed number) by the Shahs military. They had set up multiple fire positions, making it impossible for any of the protesters to escape. The death had literally crawled on top of each other (see pic below).
A cynical but realistic view is that it may take a comparable bloody act by the Mullah regime to set a (hopefully irrevocable) system change in motion.
The Obama administration has the chance to make events count positive for the U.S. in the eyes of Iranian's, should come off the fence, and voice either their support for the protesters, or at least their right to publicly express dissent.
Some US politicians will advocate restraint, to be able to 'negotiate' with Iran.
Iran will respect a position of strength, will only negotiate if it has no choice, or if is to their benefit, and so far has rebuked and ridiculed every attempt at detente, ... reminding me of the joke that the only moderate terrorist is one who has run out of ammunition.