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Iranian Leaders Vow to Crush Protests

From what would seem to be an approving New York Times:

Iranian Leaders Vow to Crush March

By WILLIAM YONG
February 13, 2011

TEHRAN — The Iranian leaders who cheered the popular overthrow of an Egyptian strongman last week have promised to crush an opposition march planned for Monday in solidarity with the Egyptian people.

“These elements are fully aware of the illegal nature of the request,” Mehdi Alikhani Sadr, an Interior Ministry official, said of the permit request for the march in comments published Sunday by the semiofficial Fars news agency. “They know they will not be granted permission for riots.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was blunt.

“The conspirators are nothing but corpses,” Hossein Hamadani, a top commander of the corps, said Wednesday in comments published by the official IRNA news agency. “Any incitement will be dealt with severely.”

But opposition supporters, hoping the democratic uprisings sweeping the region will rejuvenate their own movement, insisted the march would go forward. “There are no plans to cancel it,” Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, senior political adviser to the opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi, said in a statement published Sunday on opposition Web sites.

The opposition also hopes to capitalize on the contradiction between Iran’s embrace of democracy movements abroad — Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi referred Friday to “the brave and justice-seeking movement in Egypt” — and its crackdown on a kindred movement at home.

“If they are not going to allow their own people to protest, it goes against everything they are saying, and all they are doing to welcome the protests in Egypt is fake,” another opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, said in an interview last week.

The United States has also seized on the apparent hypocrisy, issuing a statement on Sunday that seemed intended to encourage a revival of the protests in Iran. “By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” the statement, from the White House, said. “We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo.”

We will see how much the Obama administration stands by these words. But we hope the Iranian protesters aren’t counting on the US for support.

Even as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was welcoming the emergence of what he called a “new Middle East” on Friday, his government had already taken steps to quash the protest planned here.

In the week since opposition leaders filed the request for the march, the government has imposed restrictions on the communications and movements of Mr. Karroubi and detained at least 30 journalists, student activists and family members of figures close to the opposition leadership, according to opposition Web sites. There was also a vigilante attack on a senior reformist figure.

While the pro-democracy movement here professes similar political goals to those elsewhere, the differences are critical. The so-called Green movement here is, as the government points out, inherently counterrevolutionary; while democracy movements toppled secular dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, Iran’s Islamic Revolution did that here in 1979. The Iranian leaders praising the revolts of recent weeks claim them as their political progeny

This is outrageous. The New York Times seems to be accepting the Iranian government’s view as actual history. In reality, the Iranian revolution did not topple any dictatorships. It simply replaced a fairly benign secular ruler with a religious dictatorship.

Moreover, The Times seems to be admitting that the real purpose for these uprisings is to install Islamist regimes like the one in Iran throughout the rest of the Middle East.

“Things are far more complicated in Iran than Egypt,” said an online activist using the pseudonym Zahra Meysami. “People need to believe that things are possible. We desperately need hope. People need to see, not just believe, that the movement is alive.”

Well, they certainly won’t get any hope from the New York Times.

In the background has been a steady drumbeat of executions. International rights groups say 66 prisoners have been hanged this year, at least three of them arrested during the 2009 protests.

Mr. Moussavi and Mr. Karroubi have condemned the executions for creating an atmosphere of “terror in society.” Some activists have called them a deliberate ploy to neutralize dissent.

Still, opposition Web sites have announced protest routes for more than 30 cities…

But some of the movement’s foot soldiers learned other lessons from 2009. “Many people suffered in the 2009 unrest,” Leyla, 27, said. “They don’t want one martyr to become two.

“This is my souvenir from the protests,” she said, pushing aside her hair to reveal a scar in the center of her forehead, etched by a police baton two summers ago.

“My parents will be locking me in the house tomorrow.”

And The Times seems to agree with her parents.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Iranian Leaders Vow to Crush Protests”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    ““People need to believe that things are possible. We desperately need hope.”

    Obama suddenly awakes from his stupor: “Somebody call me?”

  2. untrainable says:

    “They know they will not be granted permission for riots.” Maybe it loses something in translation, but does it strike anyone else as strange that the Iranian protests must be provided permission to protest from the very government that they intend to protest? Did the Egyptians ask Mubarak for permission to gather in the streets and demand his resignation? If they did, boy I’ll bet he feels silly now!

    …the White House, said. “We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo.” That’s funny. Obie doesn’t seem to feel the same way when it comes to the tea party movement though, does he? Obama trying to take the moral high ground on the issue of free speech is a joke. And if he believes in the “universality” of the right to free assembly, why is it now illegal to gather on the Mall in D.C.?

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    I really appreciate this obvious example of the hypocrisy of Obama and the MSM.
    They took it as a given that Mubarak would be out and rightfully so, but they will twist themselves into pretzels to avoid telling Monkeyman ImADamnNutJob that he should begin an “orderly transition” of power.
    I hope the sheeple are paying attention and learning this valuable lesson.


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