Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Revolution Not Televised

Another post supporting friends in Iran (Persia): Tomorrow September 24 at noon will be a protest outside the United Nations in New York.

Friday's protests went surprisingly well. According to Le Monde and L'Express, millions of people marched in Tehran. BBC said the protests were even larger than 1979. The regime chants of "Death to America" were drowned out by "Death to Russia" and "Death to China." Police and even the Basij militia did little to stop the protests. Even woman-beating goons can see which way the wind is blowing.

Despite his days being numbered, this week Ahmadinejad is accepted at the United Nations like a legitimate head of state. Governments, including the US, insist upon negotiating with a doomed regime. The ongoing revolution is the biggest story in world affairs, yet it is ignored by major media. It has been left to Twitter and bloggers (including this one) to spread the word.

(On September 22, during a military parade, Iran's only AWACS plane crashed and burned. Airborne Warning and Control is necessary to defend a country against air attack. The plane reportedly crashed at the site of Khomeini's tomb. Without AWACS a country is very vulnerable to airstrikes. One way or another, the regime will go.)

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Blogger nige said...

There's an interesting article about this in The Times today:

Britain is appeasing Iran, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi says

The only Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize accused Britain of ignoring the regime’s savage suppression of opposition in order to safeguard talks on its nuclear programme.

Shirin Ebadi, the human rights lawyer, said that her worst fears were confirmed when she saw the British Ambassador at President Ahmadinejad’s inauguration.

“That’s when I felt that human rights were being neglected,” she told The Times. “I’m very sorry to say the West cares more about its own security than human rights. I think they’re wrong . . . Undemocratic countries are more dangerous than a nuclear bomb. It’s undemocratic countries that jeopardise international peace.”

Dr Ebadi said that sanctions should have been imposed on the Iranian regime over the alleged theft of the election and the subsequence killing, beating and imprisoning of opponents. She has called for the downgrading of Western embassies, the withdrawal of ambassadors and the freezing of the assets of Iran’s leaders.

Dr Ebadi plans to go home in two months, daring the regime to arrest the first Muslim woman to win a Nobel prize. In 2000 she spent three weeks in solitary confinement after lodging a complaint against Tehran’s police chief for a lethal attack on pro-democracy students.

If not imprisoned, she will fight to secure justice for the families of those killed in the crackdown — a trail that could lead all the way to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. She has been approached by the mother of Neda Soltan, the student whose death made her an icon of the opposition.

Dr Ebadi said that she was enraged by the crimes that the regime had perpetrated in the name of Islam, but that ordinary Iranians were united as never before, with women at the fore, and that they would not forgive or forget the regime’s crimes. “The opposition has gained unstoppable momentum,” she said. “The people have reached a point of no return. I am sure they will be victorious, but when? The fall of the Berlin Wall was totally predictable but no one could say when.”

12:11 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thank you nige! It will soon be time for another post about the incompetent and appeasing UK government. The difference between Ahamadinejad and Gordon Brown is that Ahmadinejad called an election,

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