The drama in Iran continues. I highly recommend the Lede Blog from the New york Times for keeping up with events. Although it is from the Times, it offers a wide variety of posts from mainstream media as well as blog and Twitter posts from Iranians both inside and outside Iran. A great resource for continuing news from Iran.
Friday: Updates on Iran’s Disputed Election - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com
Now for my take on things. In Friday prayers Ayatollah Khameini explicitly proclaimed Ahmadineajad the winner of the presidential election. In this he is taking a calculated risk. Can he intimidate the reformists into stopping their protests through threats of arrest and violence? Can the protesters continue their peaceful marches in the numbers and for the time necessary to overcome those threats? I liked a quote from Mahatma Ghandi that an Iranian posted recently.
"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
I am even now offering up a prayer that the above quote will turn out to be as true for Iran as it did for the people of India near the end of Ghandi's life.
For now, good night.
Friday, June 19, 2009
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