Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Man Who Changed The World, parts 1 & 2

Part one (of six): The Man Who Changed The World: Iran & The West


and, part two:

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At December 16, 2009 12:39 AM, Anonymous jenny said...

So you're saying the green revolution thing is a CIA scam?

At December 16, 2009 11:08 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi Jenny,
I don't know. I discussed the so-called Green Revolution this past summer here, "Painted green." (Note that I reference one of your favorite bloggers(;^))

I think the problem with us viewing the green revolution as simply a CIA plot is that it leaves us looking for a simple one-factor answer for what is (probably) a host of factors converging to help create a widespread phenomenon.

For example, communications from friends and relatives from expatriate Iranians living primarily in Europe and the US, mostly independent of Western governments' influence were one likely external factor. And while the CIA(and possibly Mossad) may have well had a hand in influencing the protestors that doesn't mean the protests weren't genuine.

By that same token, if millions of people in Iran supported the opposition candidate and many thousands took to the streets, that doesn't mean millions more who stayed home (or weren't filmed)didn't actually support Ahmedinejad.

What was genuinely phony with respect to this past summer's election protests was the US mainstream media's reaction to the protests. We were treated to nonstop, fawningly supportive coverage of the protests, when the same networks are eager to demonize people from the middle east in other instances.

Apparently people from Islamic countries are bold lovers of freedom (and good) when it flatters us to regard them that way, because it demonstrates they want to be just like us when they grow up. But, strangely enough, they are also filled with irrational hatred of the West (and bad) on most other occasions. Go figure.

At December 16, 2009 1:40 PM, Anonymous Jenny said...

Fair enough: I just asked because the video was from a link of a guy who apparently "debunked" the election fraud back in June. So I was unsure of why you posted the video whether to praise the 79 revolution/ahmidnjad or to just highlight the past tumultous relationship in light of the nuclear Iran deliemma.

At December 16, 2009 4:24 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi again Jenny,
First, you and any others who've been visiting will notice I decided to switch the two posts so you can watch 1 and 2, then 3 through 6 more easily.

I didn't post these either to praise or condemn the 1979 revolution, although all the killing of higher-ups with the former Shah's regime certainly deserves to be condemned.

I posted it mainly because it's a fascinating story. I also note that Khomeini demonstrates the hypocrisy and shrewd political instincts of a seasoned politician when he embraces the student takeover of the embassy after initially being against it, when he realizes it can serve to give him political cover to expand his power.


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