It has been heartbreaking, hasn’t it, watching the air and hope leaking out of those wonderful and courageous Iranians. Such beautiful people, such a beautiful country. Such mean spirited and negative leadership.
Leaders should be more careful of about saying never. This particular Ayotollah is so full of fear, that he’s calling in the revolution he says he doesn’t want. The Iranians were not calling for overthrow. They just wanted their votes to count. Now they want real change, to be really part of the openness and shifts occurring in the rest of the globe.
Both my spidey sense and my pendulum feel that Ahmadinejad will be gone / out of power / ineffective by December / January. Khameini may be gone as soon as September / October. It could be the other way around. In any case, big and beautiful change is coming to those beautiful people.
Let’s make sure we’re driving less, using less oil in every way. Cut down on plastic bags, etc. That takes dollars directly away from petrodictators – which the Iranian leadership is now clearly exposed as. It is not about Islam, it’s all about power. As the dollars melt, so will they.
p s Here’s an excellent travel narrative about Iran – Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran, by Jason Elliot.