December 29, 2009

COUNT THE VOTES:

Revolt in Tehran: The Iranian regime’s violence against demonstrators is unconscionable (Times of London, 12/29/09)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Quds Day in September that all countries were “under the threat of the Zionists every day”. He is finding that the threat to the Iranian regime is closer to home. Popular protest has burgeoned in the past week, since the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the reformist cleric. Hundreds of thousands of protesters from the so-called Green Movement have taken to the streets. The regime has responded with violence.

The intensity of the demonstrations is unprecedented in the 30 years since the Iranian Revolution. It reflects unwillingness to accept the patently fraudulent election result that purported to return President Ahmadinejad to office last June. Protests are the prerogative of the people whose votes have been overridden, but the crackdown against them is not a purely domestic Iranian issue. Western governments should be speaking to the dissidents, over the heads of the mullahs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2009 8:27 PM
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