Jun 17 2009

Some Must Reads On Iran – Major Update: Army Protecting Protestors

Published by at 11:19 am under Iran


Major Update! I mentioned below that we could see a tipping point in Iran if the general military forces took to defending the protestors from Ahmedinejad’s Basij thugs. Apparently this is starting to happen!

I’ve just been witnessing a confrontation, in dusk and into the night, between about 15,000 supporters of Ahmadinejad – supposedly the president of Iran – who are desperate to down the supporters of Mr Mousavi, who thinks he should be the president of Iran.

There were about 10,000 Mousavi men and women on the streets, with approximately 500 Iranian special forces, trying to keep them apart.

It was interesting that the special forces – who normally take the side of Ahmadinejad’s Basij militia – were there with clubs and sticks in their camouflage trousers and their purity white shirts and on this occasion the Iranian military kept them away from Mousavi’s men and women.

In fact at one point, Mousavi’s supporters were shouting ‘thank you, thank you’ to the soldiers.

One woman went up to the special forces men, who normally are very brutal with Mr Mousavi’s supporters, and said ‘can you protect us from the Basij?’ He said ‘with God’s help’.

This could easily be the end of the Iranian regime as we have known it almost three decades. (H/T Andrew Sullivan)

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Start with The Anchoress today – one of her all time best posts.

The two opposing views as to who is in charge of the newly exposed military dictatorship. One view is the Revolutionary Guard has simply completed its 4 year plan to take control from the clerics. Another view is that the it is Khamenei who has wrest control from the clerics using the Revolutionary Guard.

One thing is for sure – no one knows how this will end. A force of peaceful revolution is rising up against jack-boot thugs who make Hitler’s SS goons look like Boy Scouts. How strong does the fire for freedom burn inside the Iranian people? Can they, by their shear numbers and will, destroy pure evil. An evil that is shocking the world with its exposed brutality:

As one of the shrinking group of international reporters in Tehran, I have found that gathering information about the public fury since the disputed presidential election is increasingly difficult and dangerous.

The menacing black-clad government enforcers – particularly the Basij militia, who wield chains and batons while riding motorbikes – want us all out.

The militia’s clashes with supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi can suddenly turn a peaceful demonstration into a battleground.

We cannot see what is happening, but as The Anchoress so elegantly demonstrates, we can peak in through Twitter and other bits of information drifting out. Iran’s government is on its heels, desperately trying to get control and hide the truth of its predicament from the world.

We will know soon enough which side will win out. If the thugs can be isolated and crushed, then a new Iran will rise from this fire. To me the key is the military. As this story notes, the Iranian military is very large compared to the Revolutionary Guard and their militia thugs:

Khamenei also picks the head of the armed forces – the 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guard and the 400,000-strong regular forces, plus 350,000 reservists.

The local police are probably another force that could tip the scales and bring Iran out of the darkness. With sufficient numbers of military and police units protecting the protestors this revolution could just happen.

Update: Some others agree with me, it is coming to a head:

It’s a matter of time. If Iranians continue to protest Sunday’s fraudulent “re-election” of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man they call “the little dictator,” Tehran in 2009 will be a repeat of Beijing in 1989–a Persian Tiananmen Square. The Revolutionary Guard, who have consolidated their hold on Iranian power, will unleash their tanks while Basij vigilantes–the shock troops of the regime–defenestrate a few dozen people, as they have in previous uprisings (1999 and 2003), as a message to everyone else below.

Asd Reza Aslan argued in a clear-headed piece for the Daily Beast, “what we are witnessing in Iran is nothing less than a slow moving military coup against the clerical regime itself, led by Iran’s dreaded Revolutionary Guard, or Pasdaran, as the organization is called in Iran. The Pasdaran is a military-intelligence unit that acts independently from the official armed forces.”

If the attacks on their families, friends and neighbors continue or escalates, I can see the military stepping in against the government. People sometimes forget that military forces are made up of ordinary people who feel a duty to protect their communities and nation. And that includes protecting them from all threats, even those from within. It is a wild card yet to play out.

Update: Even the Liberals at Daily KOS are up in arms about the drivel coming from President Obama’s Administration.

Because if you really knew what was going on, how could you have your White House spokesperson deliver drivel like this:

“Obviously we continue to have concern about what we’ve seen. Obviously the Iranians are looking into this, as well,” Gibbs told reporters. “We continue to be heartened by the enthusiasm of young people in Iran.”

I’m sorry, sir. But.. W T F?

People are dying.  

Ahmadinejad’s Basij thugs, government police and imported Hizbollah fighters are roaming the streets with impunity beating and killing Mousavi supporters.

Make sure to read the comments. Obama really is screwing this one up. He has been measured, and has fallen way short. He is too tentative, to unsure. To inexperienced. My guess is he runs out of DC for to ‘get away from it all’.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Some Must Reads On Iran – Major Update: Army Protecting Protestors”

  1. Neo says:

    From that famous neocon, Juan Cole, (LOL) … “Mousavi-chiha nadarim, hame ye Iran hastand!” We don’t have Mousavi supporters, it’s now all of Iran…
    … this is exactly what neocons have been hoping for many years now.

  2. Mike M. says:

    Obama isn’t unsure. He’s on the other side. I do not think we fully understand the depth of his hatred for the United States.

  3. Paul_In_Houston says:

    Besides Gateway Pundit and The Strata-Sphere, most of the reporting I’ve seen has come from Michael J. Totten, who is currently posting much of his Iran stuff at Commentary.

    Hope all the links came through, as he is well worth checking out.


    (P.S. – Someone griped about a floating ad on the Commentary site. It has a closing “X” at the upper right hand corner, and I had no problem making it go away. Please, DON’T blow off the site just because of that.)

  4. WWS says:

    The two historical models which are relevant both occurred in 1989 – Tianenman and Romania. In Tianenman the tanks came out and crushed the protestors ruthlessly. The protests were crushed.

    However, in Romania, after the internal security police began attacking protestors, the regular army joined the protestors and sent it’s tanks in to protect them from the internal security forces, and there were even some battles over bases between the two groups.

    The army and the people united were unstoppable, and the dictator Ceaucescu fell and was executed by machinegun after a 6 hour midnight trial. The video’s still available on youtube.

    sic semper tyrannis.

  5. Frogg says:

    Photo’s of police standing with the protesters as well as the video of opposition group heckling Ahmadinijad outside a mosque are on Gateway’s blog.

  6. Frogg says:

    The man who saved Iran

    Media Bistro: The guy who asked Twitter to keep the lines open for the protesters is a Condoleezza Rice appointee.


  7. Frogg says:

    Rep. Pence On Iran: Reagan Didn’t Tell Gorbachev “That Wall is None of Our Business”

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