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Update on Unrest in Iran.

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Things are really turning ugly in Iran. The protesters in Tehran are now numbering in the hundreds of thousands, and Iranian lawmakers are calling for the executions of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi and former reformist President Mohammad Khatami. You thought Egypt and Tunisia were violent? This has the possibility of making those two uprisings look like playground squabbles.

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  1. scriptorobscura
    February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Iran…the whole middle east is revolting! We don’t need to “liberate” (ahem) invade and occupy their countries, the people will liberate themselves!

    I think that this quote says it best:

    “This is proof that true liberation is when a people liberates themselves. No one invaded South Africa or Tunisia and yet they liberated themselves overnight. The US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan eight years ago to “liberate” them and they are still not FREE.” – Isa Eric Shaw

    They saw what happened in Egypt and now they want to follow Egypt’s example. Lets hope they triumph like the Egyptian people!

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    • February 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      I agree. I think the U.S. has the best chance of forging new alliances by staying the hell out of what’s going on and reaching out to each country to help pick up the pieces. If they don’t want our help then we need to accept that and move on. Of course Iraq and Afghanistan are the latest examples of our own perception of “the worlds policeman,” which actually translates to the protector of big business abroad.

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  2. Eyemagistus
    February 17, 2011 at 7:54 am

    We had the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the Bamboo Curtain, and now the Sand Curtain.

    The reason every other form of government has always failed so miserably, is that it was easier to silence the people, than to educate and inform them. Printing presses, TV and radio stations can be easily controlled from the top down. The internet, not so much. Repressed populations who have access to the virtual world and realize what kind of modern life is possible, are just now reaching a critical mass. While Facebook and Twitter were essential tools in the Tunisian revolution, Wikileaks delivered the actual tipping point.

    Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch had this to say:

    “I asked our experts at Human Rights Watch to canvass their sources in the country, and the consensus was that while Tunisians didn’t need American diplomats to tell them how bad their government was, the cables did have an impact. The candid appraisal of Ben Ali by U.S. diplomats showed Tunisians that the rottenness of the regime was obvious not just to them but to the whole world — and that it was a source of shame for Tunisia on an international stage. The cables also contradicted the prevailing view among Tunisians that Washington would back Ben Ali to the bloody end, giving them added impetus to take to the streets. They further delegitimized the Tunisian leader and boosted the morale of his opponents at a pivotal moment in the drama that unfolded over the last few weeks.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/01/wikileaks-real-impact-in-tunisia/70339/#

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    http://blogs.setonhill.edu/nmj/014355.html

    The days of the Muslim tyrants are numbered. What happened in Tahrir Square is a total rejection of the violent Jihadist movement. China is resisting devaluing their currency because they fear the unrest it may cause among their own surging millions of young males if their economy slows, but they can’t hold off much longer or it may crash in another bubble.

    “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787.

    Ah– but there’s an important sentence that comes immediately after the above excerpt. One often finds this quote edited out.

    “But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”

    Jefferson is aware that newspapers, by themselves, are not sufficient. A free press is a necessary component of democracy, but if the public is not universally educated, and if the paper is too expensive or elitist for the general public, then it is not sufficient.

    (To update Thomas Jefferson for the 21st Century – “But, if the public should become so overwhelmed with useless, trivial, or false information that they no longer understand the importance or relevance of real issues, then this experiment in self-government will have utterly failed.”)

    What if Julian Assange is the virtual Messiah and the world that ends in 2012 with the Mayan Calendar tuns out to be the world of the tyrants?

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