Sunday, 25 September 2011
What about Iran?
In light of the Middle Eastern uprisings we call the Arab Spring, it surprises me how little attention is payed or considered in context of similar movements in Iran. Remarkably, in political consciousness and journalism, it appears to less than even a vestige in terms of reference. In the future span of history, we could very well view the Iranian Green Movement as being the first mass popular political demonstrations and revolts, that effectively utilized the internet's "social media" to organize and educate its cause. I can say so myself that I first heard of something called "Twitter" in the coverage of these events. Though not geographically "Arabic", Iran is in all cultural and political proximites the same (apart from its variations in Islamic faith, practiced or enforced); the "sea of green" in 2009, vestiged in June's rigged presidential election of Ali Khamenei's theocratic proxy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was the Arab Spring before the Arab Spring.
There is a distinction in that indeed, the popular movement itself was crushed by the regime's ruthless brutality: through the arrests, executions, beatings, shootings, and gang rapes of the "Revolutionary" Guard's indoctrinated thugs. So the democratic Iranian revolution, festers in its rage, and continues its struggles intellectually; exiled and covertly rather than directly. In a Chinese way, the totalitarian authority continues its rule and enacts its judicial international crimes, coldly but wearily.
Iranian dissidents appear to have been subdued by a comparable fear. But since the Iranian Spring, the Arab Spring, in both civil resistance and military doing, has been successful in its re-instigation of the belief that these Iranians first assembled in their incomparable tenacity and importance two years ago. May they take heed and reconceive what they began.