Sunday, October 03, 2004

Jonah Goldberg: Iran at the tipping point

"Tehran, the nation's capital, as well as several other cities have been wracked in recent days with widespread anti-government protests and violent crackdowns by government forces. Buildings have been set ablaze, and exiles are calling for revolution. According to reports on, a Web site dedicated to freeing Iran from the oppressive rule of the mullahs, numerous protestors have been killed. Ledeen - who has many sources inside Iran and out - reports that the roundups and executions of young men have picked up at a terrific pace. Iran has staged 120 public hangings since March alone, according to the government's own news agency."

"The unpopularity of the mullahs, primarily with the younger, Western-oriented generation, is causing panic inside the regime. The appeal of revolutionary theocracy has been bled dry. The Christian Science Monitor reported - some would say "reluctantly reported" - that discontent with the regime and a desire for "change" according to various "polls" equals 90 percent. And we all remember those famous soccer games where Iranian fans chanted "USA! USA!"

I found this story on Instapundit. Instapundit wonders why (facetiously I assume) this isn't getting more attention.

The answer comes later in Jonah's article.

"When the rebels attacked the Death Star in "Star Wars," there was a reason they attacked at the battle station's weakest point. Iraq was the Axis of Evil's weakest point. The hope for many of us was that toppling Saddam would set off a chain reaction that would bring the whole thing down.

That can still happen. Critics who lament "instability" in the Middle East miss the point entirely. Instability - the right kind of instability - is exactly what we want. The signs are that the Iranian regime is coming apart. Whether it's inches or miles from the tipping point is impossible to tell. But what is obvious is that without the West's active pressure on the mullahs, and even more active support of the freedom fighters, the tipping point may never come."

The MSM doesn't want to give light to any more instability in the world because it will discourage changing Presidents, which they want. But more to the point, the war in Iraq is just what Bush said it was in the debate the other night, a ray of freedom in an otherwise dark Middle Eastern world.

"A free Iraq will be an ally in the war on terror, and that's essential. A free Iraq will set a powerful example in the part of the world that is desperate for freedom. A free Iraq will help secure Israel. A free Iraq will enforce the hopes and aspirations of the reformers in places like Iran. A free Iraq is essential for the security of this country."

The turmoil in Iran is congruent with the newly experienced freedom in Iraq in the same way that turmoil in Romania followed the success of the Polish solidarity movement. Acknowledging this would enshrine Bush as a President as great as REAGAN! And the MSM would rather ignore that direction. Maybe at Bush's funeral he'll get the same acknowledgment as Reagan.

I hope a pro-American Democratic movement survives to rise to power in Iran so Kerry's campaign can call it's leader a puppet.

Jonah asks that we pay more attention to Iran.

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