Jim Hoft has excellent coverage of the protests taking place in Iran, here and here, as well as links to others on the story. Everytime I see one of these stories I get my hopes up that the young generation of American-loving, freedom-yearning Iranians has finally risen up against the stone age mullahs and their terrorist leader.
FP: Let us suppose that tomorrow you are brought into Bush’s inner circle regarding Iraq and the War on Terror. The President asks you what concrete steps he should take next. What do you say?
Ledeen: Support the democratic revolutionaries in Iran and the Iranian-American broadcasters in California. Now, not tomorrow. That is the key to the entire war, in my opinion. There will never be peace in Iraq so long as the mullahs are in power in Tehran, and their favorite Assad reigns in Damascus.
Reza Pahlavi, 45, the eldest son of the late Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, said Iranians are ready to actively oppose the Islamic regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but need more than pro-democratic utterances from world leaders like U.S. President George W. Bush.
“Fantastic, we love to hear that, motherhood and apple pie,” Pahlavi said of Bush’s statements that the United States supports a free, democratic Iran.
“What remains to be seen again is in what concrete way the U.S. administration will take the necessary steps,” Pahlavi told Reuters in an interview at his home in a suburb of Washington, flanked by the Iranian flag and portraits of his mother and father, the U.S.-backed monarch who was deposed in the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The United States and other nations should actively support Iran’s dissident groups and give them the technical gear and expertise to get their message out, Pahlavi said.
Pahlavi said regime change in Iran will leave the Middle East a safer place, and said that Iran’s clerics have long been a prime mover behind violence in Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan.
So far, everytime I have read of protests like these in Iran, I have ended up disappointed that they seemed to lead to nothing. I don’t think they can be looked at that way anymore, though. Even if these protests, as those before them, are quelled by Iranian troops, it can’t be ignored that they keep coming back. Each time the protests break out it seems they get a little stronger. Something serious is definitely happening there. Maybe, eventually, the American media will even have to notice it.