Iranians are standing up for themselves. Unless you live under a rock, you know this and I'm not saying anything new. What you must know is that Young Iranians have been acting peaceably showing restraint and humanity that would be unusual here in the US. If you didn't see it, a police officer was taken into the crowd. He's surrounded by a mob whom might be ready to kill him in retaliation. Mousavi's supporters pulled him to safety and gave him water and protection. To see vid
The largely peaceful revolution is similar to what happened in the Czech Republic and be came known as the Velvet Revolution The student rise up and take some beatings, but in the end, the government cannot willfully attack those simply protesting. The Russians simply left the Czech Republic, and I'm here to tell you, that is a good time country now.
Iranians have a tough road to hoe. There will be more death. There will be many more days of violence. But in their structure of government it's important to note that the Supreme Leader and President can be dethroned by committee. The consensus seems to be that the committee is starting to side with the people. If (get your Phlegm ready) Khamenei and Ahmadinejad decide to attack the crowds in earnest, it very well could be the tipping point. Power be damned, it could be their lives that they have to fear for.
Rhetoric begets rhetoric and extremism. If Iran falls and becomes a successful and happy democracy while still be respected as an Islamic state, this may be a turning point in history. If we take away large portions of support for terrorism, death chants for America, and allow intellectualism to flourish in the 70% under 30 population of Iran, it may influence the entire region to soften.
There isn't much that we can do from here on this matter. My suggestion is this... Look at how these people are acting. Don't picture the Iran from the Hostage Crisis or the Death for America Chants. Give Iranians a chance so that even if they don't make the revolution happen this time, that our attitudes change. Our past with them is terrible on both sides. But know this, if we can soften with Iran, the rhetoric will ease over time and fewer people will think that it's necessary to speak out against the west. Look at how quickly hate rhetoric has died here in the US in the last six months. Give the people of Iran your support and watch it pay back in dividends.