My dad many years ago worked for a company that had offices in Teheran Iran, back in the days the Shah ran the place. One Saturday night he decided he wanted a beer, and went out to an underground watering hole he knew about. Before he arrived, though, the mullahs decided to raid the place and he arrived in the cab just in time to see everyone being arrested.
As he stepped put of the cab several mean-looking mullahs descended on him with their beating sticks to render righteous indignant punishment. Dad hauled back with his famous right-handed haymaker and knocked two of the ass-over-teakettle, and umped back in the cab, which shot off into the night.
The driver knew few words of English. “Hotel?”
Dad knew when he’d had enough. “Airport.”
Iran fell into the revolution of 1979 within a week. He always used to say “Those damned Persians just LOVE a fight. They’ll fight anyone just for the hell of it — and they don’t like to lose.”
So while I’ve been watching the events in Iran with a great deal of interest until now, I haven’t commented until today when I was reminded of my Dad’s words.
“They’ll fight anyone just for the hell of it — and they don’t like to lose.”
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s Islamic leadership is prepared to conduct a limited recount of disputed presidential elections, a spokesman said Tuesday, drawing the ruling clerics deeper into a showdown that began with street clashes and quickly moved to the highest levels of power.
The announcement comes after Iran’s state radio reported earlier Tuesday that seven people were killed during clashes in the Iranian capital the previous day – the first official confirmation of deaths linked to the wave of protests and street battles following last week’s disputed election.
The offer by the Guardian Council for a targeted tally – from specific voting sites where fraud has been alleged – is the first direct action by authorities to address claims of irregularities by opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But it also offers further hints that the non-elected ruling clerics are seeking to calm the protest anger and keep the dissent from spreading into their rarified world.
Any widening of protests by the opposition could begin to challenge the ruling clerics and the true centers of power in Iran.
The Iranian state radio report said the deaths occurred during an “unauthorized gathering” at a mass rally after protesters “tried to attack a military location.” It gave no further details, but it was a clear reference to crowds who came under gunfire Monday after trying to storm a compound for volunteer militia linked to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard.
Hundreds of thousands of Mousavi’s backers poured through Tehran on Monday in a massive show of unity – that ended in bloodshed when seven people were killed in a confrontation with pro-regime militiamen.
This can not end well for either side. If the mullahs don’t start slaughtering crowds in the streets, the crowds in the streets will overthrow the government.
They’ve got a history of doing that there. And it would be a stunning backhanded slap to the face for the do-nothing Obama Administration.