Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hi there, hopefully Iran's uprising is progressing

Once the media comes back on, as it has to eventually do, we'll see what really happened. It's significant that Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Ullema, the religious lawyers and clerics who oversee Iran's society in the final equation, has come down against Ahnadinejad in the election. Maybe they're getting sick of all of the stuff he's been putting forward too, or maybe they see the writing on the wall, the writing being that the Great Satan has started to turn, has actually acknowledged its role in the overthrow of Mossadegh, wonderfully portrayed in Steven Kinzer's book "All the Shah's Men". Harder to have a hard line when your enemy is no longer threatening to annihilate you. Where all this will take us is unknown, but my hope is that it will take us to an Iran which isn't subjected to a Westernization and Capitalization program but that combines democratic traditions based on historical Islamic culture with social justice.

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