Sunday, June 14, 2009

Picture of the Week

An Iranian protester flashes the victory sign against the backdrop of violence in Tehran following the defeat of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi by hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen writes that at one point during the protests, a woman ran up to him, in tears, and said, "Throw away your pen and paper and come to our aid. There is no freedom here."


Becky said...

I hate to bring up a phrase as cliche as, "a picture is worth a thousand words" but I really do think that applies here.

Girl With Curious Hair said...

Thank you.

VOTAR said...

Due to really crappy circumstances here at home, I happened to be up last night around 4 am and I caught some of Ahmadinejad's press conference, particularly Christiana Amanpour's questions regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Mousavi, and Ahmadinejad's bizarre, convoluted answer about rowdy soccer fans and j-walking.

If it weren't for real I'd think it was a Monty Python sketch.

"Oh, you want 'Insane Rambling Non-sequitors,' that's two doors down the hall."

Withnail said...

So what does this all mean? Seriously? So the country burns. Iraq has been burning for 5 years but it really hasn't fundamentally changed anything in that country. A new brand of bastards are in charge there (including us).

Is there a chance this can seriously be resolved? They compare this to China's Tianamen square. But that ended, the government won, and people under 30 in China barely remember it.

And Iran has burned before. 30 years ago. They kicked one bastard out and another one came in.

Girl With Curious Hair said...

Withnail: Iran and Iraq are two completely different situations for more reasons that I can count here. In a way, I agree with you that nothing may come of these protests. Revolutions don't happen overnight or even over weekends. Frankly, the people aren't even protesting the government so much as they're protesting the disregard for their votes. What is amazing about these events is that people are not taking it quietly.

Yes, Iran burned before but they succeeded in overthrowing a government that was increasingly acting like a foreign agent. If you know anything about the last revolution, these protests should be familiar. The protesters are using almost everything they had learned over the past 30 years about the revolution against the regime. The rooftop protests, the university rebellions, the protection of injured cops from angry mobs...

And they have already achieved something: Khamenei has ordered a probe to see if there was fraud. Last time an absolute leader in Iran started backtracking from his divine pronouncements, he left the country shortly thereafter.

Archvillain said...

Interesting that the internet is full of information (often posted in near-realtime) from Iran, but the regular media (especially CNN) has been treating the situation like it doesn't matter. This DOES matter. Why is the US media so disinterested?

BTW, I prefer the pic of the protester helping an injured policeman to safety. Despite the fact that the Basij were physically attacking the crowd, several "greens" pulled the injured man away from the mob, gave him water to drink, and called him "sir".

If you're going to have a revolution, that level of basic decency is the way to go.

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