Saturday, June 20, 2009

Iran Demonstrating Past vs. Future

I was a was college freshman in Southern CA when the so-called Iranian revolution took place. It was the catalyst in my interest into global politics. I subscribed to and read faithfully the LA Times (oh how they have fallen) and watched Ted Koppel as he began Nightline. There were many Iranians in So. Cal., including a few at the Orange Co. community college I attended.

The hard line religious zealots won. America became the great Satan. Ayatollah became part of the vernacular and the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's face recognized by most.

Fast forward 25+ years and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has assumed his populist position and forced us to listen to his ranting diatribe. He operates under the direction of Ayatollah Khamenei.

Now nearly 30 years later, we have a second uprising; again lead by the young.
If the rebels on the street win, however winning is defined, they, being more modern and moderate than the ruling government, will likely have a moderating influence on their government. If the rebels on the street lose, however that is defined, this fact remains: Something has been unleashed, and it won't be going away. A thugocracy has been revealed as lacking the support and respect of a considerable portion of its people, and that portion is not solely the most sophisticated and educated but, far more significantly, the young. Half the people in Iran are under 27. When the young rise against the old, the future rises against the past. In that contest, the future always wins. The question is timing: soon or some years from now?
Time is on the side of the uprising, not on the side Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his incumbent politicians.

The real facts of what Khamenei and Ahmadinejad are doing with their militia are clear. They are murderous thugs. They are beating and killing for power. Defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi has said he is ready for martyrdom. See photos (viewer discretion advised) and videos: Photo 1, Photo 2, Video 1, Video 2.

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