|Most popular television show in Iran?||moneyman|
Dec 9, 2002 7:43 AM
|Baywatch. From an editorial in today's Wall Street Journal. The synopsis is that the people of Iran (65% are under age 25) "... are by all accounts pro-American. "
I'd link to the site, but it is available only by subscription.
Some relevant highlights:
The theocracy has lost two of its most powerful sources of control -- moral authority and political legitimacy (derived in the view of the mullahs from religious authority). Led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the mullahs now rule by coercion alone. They can arrest dissidents, try them in their puppet courts and even hang them. But the seething revolt against clerical authoritarianism only draws strength from each violation of human rights....
If Iran's head is dominated by the theocrats, its heart seems to favor freedom. The government's own pollsters asked Iranians recently whether they wanted dialogue with the U.S., and more than 70% said yes. In a real democracy that would set off a debate and possibly a change of policy. In Iran, it got the pollsters arrested. Their trial on a long list of charges, including conducting "flawed" opinion polls, began last week....
The rebellion in Iran is thus one more front in the war on terrorism, as the Bush Administration seems to have recognized by keeping its distance from the mullahs. It's also another reason to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein, since the lesson of a neighbor freed from tyranny won't be lost in Iran's streets....
Never underestimate the power of people yearning for freedom.