Will the Green Revolution in Iran succeed, or twenty years later, will it be crushed, forgotten, and erased from its own country's history like the Tiananmen movement in China?
I'd say this all seems depressingly familiar, but there was no Twitter back then in 1989... Will the Twitter Revolution help lift them over, or will the "Ahmadinejad Girl" go Youtube viral? A still from Supporters of Ahmadinejad in Tehran:
I'll admit she's drop-dead gorgeous, but her drop-dead politics are still ugly.
In fact, I'm skeptical it's for real. It seems to me that the Basij would slap her just for wearing that make-up even if she was an Ahmadinejad supporter.
On the other hand, despite a few incidents, I'm amazed at the relative restraint of the pro-reform and pro-Mousavi demonstrators in Iran in the face of repeated provocations and acts of brutality. In this video, you see members of the crowd saving a truncheon-wielding policeman from a lynching, or at least a further beating after he was knocked off his motorcycle.
Will it all eventually just fizzle out? I confess that sometimes I wonder about the efficacy of nonviolence despite my best efforts to believe... Maybe it's true that love is stronger than hate and that good triumphs over evil eventually. It's just that hate and evil seem so unbelievably powerful at times.