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.

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Comment by SabreNation on June 20, 2009 at 9:16am
Excellent blog Gaytor. I've been trying to explain to my girlfriend the importance of what is happening in Iran as she's having a hard time understanding why I've been completely glued to news stations for the past week.

What is happening right now could be one of the pivotal moments of our generation, right up there with events like 9/11 and Katrina. If Iran takes the sudden and definitive turn toward democracy that it seems to be heading towards it alters the entire landscape of the Middle East. The importance of what happens there, today especially, can not be overstated. If the people choose to demonstrate again today even after Khamenei's warning today it would be the Muslim equivalent of the residents of Vatican City telling the Pope to go fly a kite.

What's even more important to me, though, is the way it's being done. This is an area of the world known through history for violence, militants, and extremism but here we have a group standing in defiance of their country's Muslim theocracy peacefully and instead taking a Ghandi-like approach to demanding change. It is a resoundingly brilliant strategy as it has put Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader in an impossibly difficult position. They are well aware that the entire world is watching them closely and if they try to put down this movement by force it could unite the world against them. Not just their traditional Western enemies but the Arab nations surrounding them as well. They are also now painfully aware of the fact that the idea of a "media blackout" is impossible in today's world. They can not simply turn the cameras off and then impose their will freely. Word will get out no matter what they do.

Whatever happens in Iran it will send ripples through the entire Muslim world. More importantly, whatever happens, it will not be good for the "powers that be" in the Middle East. Either true Democracy will rise in what has been one of the most hard-lined countries in the area or the country's government will violently suppress a peaceful group of demonstrators. It is a no-win situation for the government in Iran.

I'd also like to say it's a very good thing we can actually depend on our president NOT to do or say anything stupid that would undo everything that's happened to this point. The current government has been trying desperately to provoke a response by the US because they know it would only serve to undermine the opposition and allow them to make America the issue. Obama's steady calm and neutrality has prevented them from making us the issue and their repeated attempts to do so are a sure sign of desperation on their part.
Comment by Reggie on June 20, 2009 at 9:45am
I would love to see a resurgent middle eastern culture flourish once again. However, until the shackles of Islam are removed from their societies, I don't hold much hope for it.
Comment by SabreNation on June 20, 2009 at 12:08pm
Wow, looks like the shit is officially hitting the fan. Here's the latest stream of Tweets from @persiankiwi over on Twitter:

persiankiwi Mousavi - Confirmed - I have prepared for martyrdom - #Iranelection 27 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Helicopters pouring acid on people from the sky - #Iranelection 26 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Today is the day of rekoning - the day of GHIAMAAT - Allah Akbar - #Iranelection 24 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Mousavi - declares results of 10th Presidential Election null and void - #Iranelection RT RT RT 22 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Mousavi speaking to supporters in the street NOW - #Iranelection 19 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Tehran is burning with the blood of our Martyrs - The streets are full of dead - #Iranelection 17 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi People of Iran - be ready to take people from the streets tonight and give protection - #Iranelection 16 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Unconfirmed - The Army will not follow orders to kill the people - #Iranelection 15 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi Advice - Tear Gas - cover mouth/nose - remove gased clothes immedietly - wash face and inside mouth/eyes/nose with water fast #Iranelection 13 minutes ago from web

persiankiwi hospital source - Tehran hospitals report hundreds of casualtys - #Iranelection 12 minutes ago from web
Comment by Dave G on June 21, 2009 at 1:01am
Sadly, the revolution will not happen without some bloodshed. To use a phrase from our own history, the tree of liberty must, from time to time, be watered with the blood of patriots.

However, I do not think that Khamenei or Ahmadinejad are going to be able to stop this. They tried shutting out the media, so that they could squelch the protests without observation, so that they could later claim it was a 'few disgruntled protesters'. But they could not shut down Twitter, or Facebook, or Youtube. They tried to expel the reporters, but thanks to the Internet, everyone can be a reporter. Everyone can get the news out.

This is an event as significant as the collapse of the USSR, and I'm solidly on the side of those who want to live in a democratic country. Good luck taking your country back from those who wish to deny it to you.


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