1979 all over again? I doubt it. Call me a pessimist but I never thought I will live to see these scenes in Iran again:
The mullahs are fighting each other (don’t mistake Mousavi for a secular iranian please—scratch any Mousavi and you will find the true face of a muslim revolutionist underneath) and the youth’s hope and badly bruised courage is being sacrificed.
Could this be that wishful thinking got the better of credible reporting?
In spite of being a cynic, I am hopeful that a new era is starting in Iran—I just can’t deny the enormity of what is happening in Iran; I have a worried enthusiasm of maybe being able to join the rest of the world after 30 years of being punished and sent to the corner of the classroom.
The big difference between now and 1979 is that Iran doesn’t have a powerful leader (like Khomeini of 30 years ago); the effectiveness of these protests has yet to be put to the acid test of fighting the black-clad police.
Roger Cohen summarizes these events in this clip from a rooftop in Tehran.
Read Reza Aslan’s article here to know a bit more about the real power behind Ahmadinejad.
Now events are rushing ahead and the ayatollahs are blinking…