Challenging Iran, With YouTube Views
New York Times / NEIL MacFARQUHAR

“We should learn to oppose the regime, how to paralyze them, how to wear them out, but not to be killed, not to be arrested.” 

MOHSEN SAZEGARA recognizes that nonviolent protest is a tough sell for most Iranians, given that bloodshed is a part of both their long history and their faith.

But Mr. Sazegara ticks off a couple points in its favor. First, the Islamic Republic has disenchanted a wide section of the population. Second, he believes that Iranians harbor a mystic tradition that could be channeled into the kind of nonviolent tide of dissent that bends history.

This, by the way, comes from one of the architects of the Revolutionary Guards, the military spine of the government.

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