A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets
The New York Times / Roger Cohen
21-Jun-2009 (3 comments)

Khamenei  has taunted millions of Iranians by praising their unprecedented participation in an election many now view as a ballot-box putsch. He has ridiculed the notion that an official inquiry into the vote might yield a different result. He has tried pathos and he has tried pounding his lectern. In short, he has lost his aura.The taboo-breaking response was unequivocal. It’s funny how people’s obsessions come back to bite them. I’ve been hearing about Khamenei’s fear of “velvet revolutions” for months now. There was nothing velvet about Saturday’s clashes. In fact, the initial quest to have Moussavi’s votes properly counted and Ahmadinejad unseated has shifted to a broader confrontation with the regime itself.


Finally the Clueless is getting it

by Fred on

"I also know that Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the fray. “Why are you sitting there?” one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. “Get up! Get up!”

"Iran has waited long enough to be free."



Khamenie, never ever had an aura, Roger...

by Ostaad on

All he has ever had are ruthlessness, and an utter contempt for the Iranian people's civil/human rights and their ability to have a say in running their own country. Anyone who believes in Velayat-e Fagheeh has no faith in the people's rights and abilities in running their own affairs.

This uprising will only be fruitful if it leads to the abolishing of the Velayat-e Fagheeh, period.


Fred, U R pathetic

by Anonymousity (not verified) on

Who's the clueless one Fred?