Tyranny in Tehran

At last weekend’s inaugural Tea Party Convention, there was much bloviating about “oppressed” Americans “suffering” under the Obama Administration’s “tyranny.” Judge Roy More, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, even delivered a rousing sermon comparing our President to King George III, the British ruler overthrown in the American Revolution.

Nothing better illustrates the utter absurdity of these delusions than contrasting the Tea Party with an actual, grassroots, democratic movement created to confront real, rather than imagined, tyranny.

Last June, protesters took to Tehran’s streets, showing their support for Mir Hussein Moussavi, an opposition candidate in Iran’s disputed presidential election. Allegedly, forces loyal to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad engaged in widespread fraud at the polls, costing Moussavi his shot at the presidency.

Violent clashes ensued between demonstrators and the regime-sponsored Basij militia. Eventually, one of the Basiji opened fire on the crowd, killing an unarmed, 26 year-old woman named Neda Agha-Soltan. Instead of dispersing the masses, however, Agha-Soltan’s brutal killing galvanized them. Suddenly, the “Green Movement” was born.

More demonstrations followed, with the most recent spate of violence occurring late last year, during Shi’a Islam’s Ashura holiday. These clashes cost at least eight Iranians their lives, including Moussavi’s nephew, who was shot to death by security forces.

Today marks the 31st anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Tensions are running high in Tehran and the government’s well-coordinated clampdown is already underway. Over the last few days, security officials have rounded up dozens of journalists, photographers and students as well as women’s and children’s rights advocates.

Moussavi himself compared this suppression to the worst abuses committed under the hated Shah, who was deposed by the 1979 revolution: “Stifling the media, filling the prisons, and brutally killing people who peacefully demand their rights in the streets indicate the roots of tyranny and dictatorship remain from the monarchist era.”

Despite these draconian measures, the Green Movement’s defiant legions remain undaunted. Daily Beast contributor Jason Shams defines the group’s motto as, “Each Iranian is a media outlet.” And they practice what they preach.

As Shams observes, “the computer students are all over the place with their backpacks filled with flash drives and proxy programs, always a step ahead of the bearded dinosaurs and their dying ideologies.”

Moreover, while Americans generally use Facebook and Twitter to pour over the excruciating minutae of modern life, the Greens employ these social networking websites to disseminate information, plan operations and mobilize their organization.

Armed with camera phones, laptops and an iron will, these courageous individuals communicate their message to the world even without the journalists imprisoned by Ahmadinejad’s repressive regime.

Censorship, harassment, intimidation, coercion, mass arrests, public beatings and de-facto executions by government-sponsored death squads. These are the harsh realities of living under tyranny. If the Tea Party movement’s petulant populists want to witness its horrors first-hand, I implore them to purchase a one-way ticket to Tehran. I suspect they’ll be in for a rude awakening.

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13 thoughts on “Tyranny in Tehran

  1. Unbelievable. Your spamming all over the web is absolutely shameless and offensive, and I am going to personally do my utmost to see that your little game is flagged, and banned for what it is. If the commentary here wasn’t so flagrantly biased and pedestrian, there might be some, if not defense, mitigating factors for your clogging up threads with irrelevant clips from your assorted rants. But no such luck. WordPress removes spam-ments like yours to keep your blog neat, and yet you send the same junk to others. You’re no better than my latest “fan mail” from “giveyourladygreatorgasms.com.”

    • I’m not sure what this is in reference to. I don’t think you understand what “spam” is. If you did, you wouldn’t be accusing me of “spamming” anybody because I’m not. If you don’t agree with my opinions, fine. That’s well within your rights. But please refrain from posting bizarre and baseless accusations that make you appear mentally unstable, if not impaired.

      • Please. If you are not spamming, then someone is doing it using your URL and quotes from your posts. “Spam,” as I suppose you don’t know, is when a post is placed as a comment with the sole intention of advertising a product, service, or link, rather than as a good faith commentary on the issue at hand. You place such posts all over the web. It is revealing of your vaunted integrity that you deny it.

        I have noticed, as have others, that your standard retort to any critique is to accuse the poster of being deranged, under-educated or ignorant, especially when compared to your bountiful intellect and qualifications.

        I object to phonies, and I object to being subjected to spam by phonies on respectable sites, like that of the Washington Post.

        • From Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:

          Main Entry: spam
          Pronunciation: \ˈspam\
          Function: noun
          Etymology: from a skit on the British television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which chanting of the word Spam overrides the other dialogue
          Date: 1994
          : unsolicited usually commercial e-mail sent to a large number of addresses

          I am clearly not guilty of your preposterous accusation. When I post comments on other news sites, I do sometimes tag them with my URL. However, those remarks are relevant to the topic I’m commenting on and advance the forum’s discussion, which is the whole point of so-called “blogging.” You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

          Also, if I explicitly or implicitly suggest that someone might be deranged, it is with good reason. You should read your own posts. Why are you so upset by my writing? It certainly seems irrational and possibly indicative of some sort of anger-related issue.

          Maybe you’re not happy with your own situation and are projecting it onto me. I don’t know. I’m not a psychologist. But I do suggest you seek help. Immediately.

          Finally, calling me a “phony?” Come on, Holden Caulfield is so 20th Century.

        • And exactly how is that different than posting a comment that has nothing to do with with the topic of the conversation and linking to your company from your the URL behind your name?

          Do you have anything constructive to say, or is this just an ad hominem attack for its own sake?

          The Tea Partiers have some valid points, but their rhetoric could use some dialling-down. Their message is getting lost as the signal-to-noise ratio keeps dropping.

          No matter how bad things get here, it’s nothing compared to what some others must live with.

  2. It funny how you can see the “Tyranny in Tehran”, but cant see the “Tyrant in Texas”

    Maybe if you read the May 15th Prophecy you would know the time our you visitation!!

    • Are people being shot dead in the streets by government-backed militias in Texas? Are Texans harassed, intimidated, imprisoned and beaten on a daily basis for disagreeing with government policies?

      The answer to both of these questions is no, of course not. If you’re seriously arguing otherwise, you’re delusional, by any objective metric.

      If you want to promote your nihilistic, quasi-religious, “End is Nigh” beliefs, please do so elsewhere. This is a forum for serious, political thought and discourse. At least, it’s supposed to be…

    • Yes, but truth is objective and must be verified by facts. I’m afraid your “prophecy” doesn’t meet that criteria.

      You can’t just make something up and declare that it’s the “truth.” You need verifiable facts and evidence. That is the cornerstone of rational thought.

  3. If you would have read the May 15th Prophecy then you would know that it is back up by “fact and evidence”

    But since you have not read it you therefore have “prejudge” it!

    Which is typical of someone who get off by being the “Pot” calling the “kettle” black,

    Which is just what “Tyranny in Tehran” is for those of us who have actually took the time to read it, instead of prejudging it!!

    • You are incorrect, sir. I did indeed research what you call the “May 15th Prophecy” and found the “evidence” to be specious, at best. It’s about as convincing as a Nostradamus “prediction” (e.g. so vague that it could fit any number of various interpretations). I made my judgment based on that conclusion. That’s how rational thought works.

      I methodically researched my piece and provided links to my original, reputable sources. That’s the difference between our positions.

  4. I agree that not one of the tea party members is suffering when compared to those in regions with despotic governments. However, to be fair, have you ever heard people make the same claim of pain an suffering when GW was president?

    • Yes, but attempting to provide access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans is a far cry from starting a disastrous war, under false pretenses, that cost over 4,000 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqi civilians their lives. The difference is laughably obvious.

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