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Had A Change Of Heart?

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John Simpson shows how the dramatic events and social eruptions in Iran have even touch previous supporters of the theocratic regime:

“He’s done some pretty dreadful things in his life, from attacking women in the streets for not wearing the full Islamic gear to fighting alongside Islamic revolutionaries in countries abroad.

And yet now, in the tumult that has gripped Iran since its elections last week, he’s had a change of heart.

He’s become a backer of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the reformist candidate who alleges fraud in the elections. He’s saved up the money to send his son to a private school abroad, and he loathes President Ahmadinejad.

He’s not the only one.

I had to leave Iran last Sunday, when the authorities refused to renew my visa. But before I left, another former senior Revolutionary Guard came to our hotel to see us.

“Remember me,” he pleaded. “Remember that I helped the BBC.”

I realised that even a person so intimately linked to the Islamic Revolution thinks that something will soon change in Iran.

The 11 extraordinary days I spent there was my 20th visit in 30 years. I’ve been reviewing the material we recorded, taking a second look at what was really going on.

I think that these last weeks may turn out to be as momentous as the Islamic Revolution I witnessed there 30 years ago.

The Revolutionary Guards with second thoughts illustrate some of the deeper forces driving a crisis which I believe could change Iran forever. “

Written by modernityblog

25/06/2009 at 14:34

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  1. I noticed that too, mod

    Shameless plug

    http://thesocialrepublic.blogspot.com/2009/06/geo-politics-memory-and-iran.html

    Oh, and add Lionel Beehner to the list of apologists too, slimey cock knocking canker

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/24/iran-revolution-demonstrations-tehran

    socialrepublican

    25/06/2009 at 16:05

  2. good stuff, maybe we should keep a tally:

    Wight, Yoshie, Milne, Beehner, who else?

    modernityblog

    25/06/2009 at 16:10

  3. Pipes for one and many a contrarian Con as well

    socialrepublican

    25/06/2009 at 16:35

  4. names! let’s make a list, and I’ll bet that it contains many conservatives (both Left and Right)

    Wight, Yoshie, Milne, Beehner, Pipes, Petras?

    modernityblog

    25/06/2009 at 17:51

  5. ‘While the US and the UK have criticised Iran’s crackdown on the opposition, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said at a G8 foreign ministers’ meeting in Italy that no one was willing to condemn Iran over its disputed presidential election, which he called “an exercise in democracy”.’

    Another one for the list

    socialrepublican

    27/06/2009 at 13:24


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