For those of us who have closely followed the events going on in Iran for the past several days, the question has become whether this movement has become Bigger than Moussavi?
After last Friday, and the pathetic election results that followed, the focus was primarily on Moussavi. By that I mean, people were unhappy that their votes were not counted. However, as days have gone by, the movement has become more and more focused on Freedom, and Civil Liberties.
Let me share with you a couple of things:
First, as days have gone by, the Crowds have been getting Bigger and Bigger; not only in Tehran, but throughout Iran;
Second, the Crowds Do Not consist of students only, as in the case of demonstrations past; they constitute people of all ages, and socio-economic backgrounds;
Third, the demonstrators have become saavy in what to do, and what not to do; they are essentially trying to avoid doing things that would lead to a direct confrontation with the Security Forces;
Fourth, as days ago by, more and more Senior-Level Ayatollahs, and Grand Ayatollahs, are supporting the movement;
Fifth, a number of Senior-Level Generals in the Army have Publicly expressed the fact that they Will Not shoot at the demonstrators;
Sixth, the Whole World is watching. The regime in Iran has tried everything possible to stop the leak of information to the outside world, however, because of the wonderful nature of the Internet, everything is getting out, and the demonstrators in Iran can communicate with one another.
For those of us who are old enough to remember the Collapse of the Soviet Union, and the disintegration of the Eastern Bloc, things are eerily similar. As you may remember, things were very fluid back then. No one, including the smartest people in the intelligence services, anticipated the collapse of the Soviet Union. But it did.
Let's hope that this movement that started just on the issue of a fraudulent election, would get Bigger and Bigger, and ultimately lead to the downfall of this tyrannical Islamic Regime. The Momentum is with us. Let's Not Lose Heart.
Iran needs a Secular Democracy. Not An Islamic Regime. Nothing More, Nothing Less!
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