Iran’s demographics versus the revolution

Amir Taheri says that many of the 70% of Iranians who are under 30 despise the current regime:

Barack Obama found it “exciting” and Hillary Clinton saw it as “a positive sign”. Others, like Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former US national security adviser, went further and praised it as a “vibrant democracy”. A variety of useful idiots at home and abroad expressed similar illusions about the Iranian presidential election on Friday.

Many had hoped the exercise would dislodge President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the maverick who has vowed to chase the United States out of the Middle East, wipe Israel off the map and prepare the ground for the hidden imam, Shi’ite Islam’s “end of times” figure of retribution. In the event, the election turned out to be a choreographed affair designed to reinforce Ahmadinejad’s position as the leader of “resurgent Islam”.

Officially put at 85%, voter turnout was the highest in Iran’s history. Ahmadinejad won with 63%…Whoever wrote the script also made sure that his three rivals, all veterans of the Khomeinist revolution, were roundly defeated even in their respective home towns…

the Khomeinist regime remains deeply unpopular, especially among young Iranians, who account for two-thirds of the population. Yesterday Tehran and other cities witnessed antiregime demonstrations, mostly young people shouting, “Shame on you Ahmadinejad! Quit the government!”…

Iran is also heading for economic meltdown, with a daily loss of 1,000 jobs and inflation of more than 20%. Ahmadinejad’s election slogan is “Ma mitavanim” (We can), like Obama’s “Yes we can”. Iran’s leader has been true to his slogan by showing he can fix the election results to the last detail. But can he cope with a restive population…

Iran is an unashamed police state, and was in the last “election” too. (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hailed the current phony election as a “divine assessment” and a “glittering event“.) In our view, a US President should be on the side of the young people who want freedom instead of the old guys who have the guns and instruments of repression. It’s too bad that Obama is apparently on the wrong side of this issue, at least so far.

3 Responses to “Iran’s demographics versus the revolution”

  1. Steve Kilston Says:

    It’s just ducky that you choose to believe the words of such stalwarts as Michael Ledeen in his comments on our current President (“on the wrong side”). Ledeen was involved in the Reagan administration’s Iran-Contra scandal and has been accused of being involved in the forgery which claimed that Saddam Hussein had bought yellowcake in Niger. Your ideology is definitely trumping your empiricism. Be patient and constructive; we all could benefit from that.

  2. Terrence Says:

    Steve Kilston – Your ideology is definitely trumping your empiricism.

    Put aside your accusations and ideology and learn about the world,

  3. clarice Says:

    He was never even charged with anything in Iran-Contra and I could accuse you of being involved in that forgery with the same basis in fact that the charge was made against Michael has.

    This could be one of the great turning points in history, a moment brought to us and the people of Iran by among others, President Bush and all those brave men and women who fought in Iraq. There’s a potential world changing event going on and all you can do is spout the same leftist horseshit you guys have been yammering for over 8 years.

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