Meanwhile, a revolution unfolds in Iran
Anderw Sullivan said "The cries of freedom. They bring tears to my eyes and hope to my soul. The sound: it makes every human stop in their tracks and demand that this vicious oppression end."
The chanting has drawn bigger crowds every night for the last 3 months. The demographic of the protest is changing. Now it includes the middle and working class, once the stalwart backbone of the Ahmadinejad supporters. This is a video of last nights gathering after police shot at protesters yesterday, killing at least 12, including the nephew of a prominent opposition leader. A number of opposition leaders have been arrested, and the treatment of leaders under arrest has been horrific. This is the holiday of Ashura, a sacred observance in the Muslim calendar which honors the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. This is the most important date in the Shiite calendar as it marks the birth of the schism which has split Suuni and Shiite for centuries. The Ahmadinejad government has created a new pantheon of martyrs to inspire the growing opposition.
I was watching reportage and analysis of this on France3 news today. The government is now more and more in the role of oppressor and the repression is being seen as a religious crime against the people. Iran lost a generation in the war with Iraq in the early 80's, now the country is beginning to realize that another generation is being destroyed. Faced with the choice of fighting and dying or fleeing....?
This could be the beginning of Irans' Berlin Wall Moment.