Saturday, July 4, 2009

A new revolution

Islamic hardliners are right wing nut jobs. There way is the only way. Cause they said so.

Thus came about the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

Today, a new Iranian Revolution is underway.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting what they believe was a rigged presidential election Many have given up their freedom and their lives in the protest that is being put down by the hardline government.

Tonight, it is reported that a group of leading clerics in Iran have defied the Ayatollah on his certifying the election as fair and final.

A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final.

As we Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence, let us support those in Iran that want their votes and ideas to be heard. America was a revolutionary idea in 1776. A more free and just Iran is just as revolutionary in 2009.

Let freedom ring.

You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Alright Alright

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money for people with minds
that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Alright Alright

You say you'll change the constitution
Well you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know know it's gonna be alright
Alright Alright

2 comments:

  1. Alan,

    I'd forgotten the lyrics, but reading them again I'm struck the the line "We'd all love to see the plan". That's the problem with mounting a revolution. The folks who are good at seeing what's wrong have a hard time figuring out what's right. Everyone understands the students who protested for "more freedom" in Tienemen Square in '89 and those who marched peacefully in Tehran in '09 (and who are now being hounded, hung, or sent to prison), but they didn't actually have a plan for replacing what they were revolting against. Maybe next time.

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  2. Larry,

    They did have a plan. Let the democratic process happen. Get rid of this munchkin idiot who professes the holocaust was a hoax and that Israel should be wiped off the map.

    Iranians are educated and connected to the real world. Their unlawfully empowered leaders don't want democracy. They want theocracy and fundamentalism to be law.

    Iran is an extremely young country. That is why social media was such an important part of what has taken place there in the past two weeks.

    This isn't over.

    ab

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