One year ago today, I began this thread.
Like many observers of the Middle East, I had looked forward the July 9th, 2003 demonstrations scheduled in Iran. I knew the students of Iran chose the date (July 9th) because it was the anniversary of the 1997 crack down on students where thousands of young people were imprisoned or disappeared.
I also knew the people of Iran were weary of their government. I knew that the people longed for freedom and a secular democracy.
But I was surprised that the demonstrations started a month early (Jun3 10, 2003).
So I began threads discussing the developments as they occurred. The demonstrations grew. The student leaders were arrested, demonstration after demonstration. As a result, when July 9th finally arrived, the people were leaderless and the much anticipated summer revolution fizzled.
Now a year has passed.
The world is much different now. Irans neighbor Iraq is beginning to experience the kind of freedom that Iranians long for. Democracy is being discussed throughout the Middle East.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is desperately trying to destroy the progress being made in Iraq, even going to the extent of soliciting suicide bombers to attack our troops in Iraq. The Mullahs of Iran are increasingly becoming more aggressive. They are threatening the United States, training terrorists in their capital and apparently actively pursuing nuclear weapons. They even felt the need to rig their already rigged elections to ensure their ultra conservative members replace the conservative members in their parliament.
But apparently there are limits to the level of repression the Mullahs of Iran can impose on the Iranian people.
For instance, a few months ago the people of Iran ignored the orders of their Supreme leader and celebrated ancient Zoroastrian celebrations. They did so largely as a means of protesting the regime and the regime backed down. More recently the regime backed down on a death sentence of a dissident academic (Hashem Aghajari). The protests were so great and Aghajaris defiance so courageous that the regime eventually backed down and removed the death sentence.
All this does not speak well for the future of the Mullahs of Iran. They know there are limits on what their public will accept. They cannot even trust their own military and security forces. The regime has to import security personnel from Lebanon, Syria, and more recently the Sudan. They are trying to intimidate their citizens. But the presence of these foreign security forces is an insult to the Iranian people.
Once again the Mullahs are attempting to arrest the student leaders prior to July 9. They have arrested some, but this time it appears that the students are not being drawn into a fight before they are ready. If all goes well, this July 9th may be the start of a nationwide series of protests against their regime. This could become the summer the regime falls.
Today people are in awe that Ronald Reagan was able to predict the collapse of the Soviet Empire. But Ronald Reagan also described Iran "one of the frontiers of freedom today," adding that those frontiers would be extended in the future.
It is important that our government and those of our allies support the people in their quest for freedom.
President Bush: Faster Please!
You are a good friend to the country that Iran could be one day!
Your insight and wisdom are greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Doc.
This summer may be all it takes.
Thanks again DoctorZIn for the thread.
We are sure that Iranians will be a free & prosperous nation once again.
And you are doing a great work.
I, as an Iranian student, would like to thank you for doing such a good job.
Let us make you and your American friends sure that we are trying hard here to get rid of the Islamic Regime of Iran. And I know that Americans are aware of what we do through reading your daily thread.
And let me add that the struggle is a long, ongoing process, and that it is hard to reach for freedom when living under so very much daily oppression.
I, on behalf of my fellow friends here in Iran, appreciate you and please keep up the good work.
Kheili az shoma mamnoon hastim!
Doc, I've sure appreciated these threads myself. Having been surprised that we didn't roll east and west on Apr. 10, 2003, I still agree. But let's hope that the Iranian youth movement gains enough power and maturity to require change in Iran directly.
- For all the time you put into maintaining this Thread
- For keeping us all informed on the daily events this past year
- For educating us on life in Iran
- For your support and dedication to the freedom of the Iranian people
- For having the BEST thread on the internet for news of Iran