The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Sunday, June 21, 2009
"Those who take salaries from the human rights establishment believe they do a good thing. Even those who write racist remarks on websites in an attempt to draw out other racists, believe the end justifies the means. But of course, so in a bygone age did Torquemada, so do Iran's mullahs today. Zealots can be found on all continents and in all centuries. They believe things would go better if only people believed as they did. Unfortunately, these are usually the last people to whom the state's coercive power should be entrusted."
"John O'Sullivan wrote me this note today.
Thanks for your note. I am happy to give you my judgment on the Iranian revolt. In brief, it’s one of the most important movements of our time. It radically undermines both the realist argument that Muslims are uninterested in democracy and the Jihadist claim to represent the mass of Muslims. And if it continues—whether it is crushed or triumphs in the immediate future—it will add immeasurably to the forces of evolutionary change in the Muslim world since it strikes me as being more like the Glorious, American and “velvet” revolutions (i.e., it is a revolution against a radical revolution) than like the French, Bolshevik, and 1979 revolutions.Well, that’s a bigger mouthful than you expected. But this is an issue on which I would prefer you to take the advice and opinions of my Iranian colleagues on Radio Farda and the English language website of RFERL. So I am attaching two documents below that I think you will find helpful."..............
"Let me tell you what happened in Iran. On the night when the votes were counted, Mr. Mousavi was contacted and told that he had won the elections. He was preparing to issue his victory statement. But then the military commanders came to his office, and said that they do not accept this green, democratic revolution. They carried out a coup, placed the elected president under siege, cut off his communications with the outside world, and shut down his website. Then the official TV channel of the Islamic Republic of Iran announced that Ahmadinejad was the real president. They banned the gathering of more than four people, [and stated] that if more than four people gathered in the street, they would be arrested...."
MR. BOLLINGER: I would like to begin by thanking Dean John Coatsworth and Professor Richard Bulliet for their work in organizing this event and for their commitment to the School of International and Public Affairs and its role -- (interrupted by cheers, applause) -- and for its role in training future leaders in world affairs. If today proves anything, it will be that there is an enormous amount of work ahead of us. This is just one of many events on Iran that will run throughout the academic year, all to help us better understand this critical and complex nation in today's geopolitics........
AHMADINEJAD:....I think the text read by the (dear ?) gentleman here, more than addressing me, was an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here, present here. In a university environment, we must allow people to speak their mind, to allow everyone to talk so that the truth is eventually revealed by all. Most certainly he took more than all the time I was allocated to speak. And that's fine with me. We'll just leave that to add up with the claims of respect for freedom and the freedom of speech that is given to us in this country.
"I wonder whether or when American and European feminists will stand up for the women and pro-women activists risking their lives in Teheran? I have just been told that the long-time NOW leadership has been ousted and that a new day has dawned. Stay tuned for more details. I will certainly press them to issue a statement on behalf of freedom in Iran."
Reporters without Borders-"Iran now has a total of 33 journalists and cyber-dissidents in its jails, "
"- Tabriz - Baseej headqurters set fire - 'many' dead"
Twitter earning its stripes
also interesting comment section