Thursday, November 12, 2009

Iran: November 4 - Once More a Step Forward!

Written by Babak Kasrayi
Thursday, 12 November 2009

On November 4 Iran was once again shaken by mass demonstrations. Normally this day is used by the regime to celebrate the anniversary of the occupation of the US embassy in Iran. The masses used it to mobilize against the regime, shouting slogans such as “Death to the Dictator”, revealing a deep-felt desire to see an end to this regime.

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Anonymous said...

In your opinion, from which idealogical group will leadership arise?

Frank Partisan said...

Tragedy 101: Thank you for visiting my blog.

Despite my being a socialist, in my lifetime, if a democratic, secular government arises, that would have great impact on the whole Middle East.

Much of what could be political leadership, was murdered during the 1980s.

Belizegial said...

I wish, perhaps naively, that we could all share/coexist on this planet with all corners manning their own goalies, so to speak, in a democratic, humanitarian and cognizant manner.

Thanks for your comments/suggestions over on my blog.

Frank Partisan said...

belizegal: Iran is at a crossroads. More is positive about its future, than not.

Anonymous said...

For once, Ren and I agree.

Nevin said...

Ren, If the middle east were left to their own devises (both economically and politically) they are more then cable of come up with with their own ideologies which suite their own life style....

damn oil is always in the way.... :):)

Frank Partisan said...

Nevin: Some on the left, think that because Iran's rhetoric is radical, they are. Its been a struggle.

FJ: It had to happen eventually.

SecondComingOfBast said...

I would love to see the mullahs overthrown, but I dread what would take their place. I honestly don't think it would amount to much of a difference as far as world affairs goes. Iran's new government would probably be at least nominally secular and moderate, but the old alliances, such as with China and Russia, would probably hold firm, while relations with the US would still be shaky at best. There may be some relative improvement, but probably not a great lot.

I could be wrong about that, but one thing I am sure of is, the mullahs are not going away. Even if there is a change in government to a more secular system, the mullahs will remain, and they will have a great deal of power and influence.

Frank Partisan said...

Pagan: You never hear one word of direct support for the Iranian protesters, from Obama.

I'm not opposed to state to state relations between anyone. The mullahs are against US withdrawal from Iraq or Afghanistan.

I think the protesters are in an embryonic stage. The leadership is nor there yet. The potntial leaders were killed in the 1980s.

A secular democracy would be a great step forward in the Middle East.

nanc said...

BOLO a recipe from me real soon, ren - CHILEQUILES!

Frank Partisan said...

Nanc: Sounds good.

Ducky's here said...

And just what do "our friends" the Saudis think about all this?

They aren't any big friends of Iran and are likely to be terrified by the idea of a stable, prosperous, even modestly democratic Iran.

SecondComingOfBast said...

They shouldn't be terrified of the thought of a stable Iran, or even of a prosperous Iran. The reason Iran is such a worry to them and others in the region is partly because they are not stable, and haven't been for years beyond surface appearances, and they are an exporter of terror.

The Saudis be a little annoyed at the thought of a fairly democratic Iran, but even that is unlikely to affect them greatly. As long as the Saudis keep paying off their local imams, the imams will keep the people of SA in check.

tony said...

The Middle East Is Crying Out For Secular Leaders whatever their Stripe.Things are stirring but i think such a journey will be slow for them.

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