What's happening in Iran right now is incredibly exciting to me. The American perception of Iran is so highly distorted that I think even if this revolution fails in it's initial goal to challenge the presidential election....it will still succeed in creating a paradigm shift of the West's perception of the country. Iran is a highly educated and progressive culture in comparison to other Middle Eastern cultures, i.e., Saudi Arabia.
I got into a pissing contest a few years ago with this woman who was advocating the use of nuclear weapons on Iran:
American Zombie: You drop the H-bomb, I'll drop the F-bomb: a discourse in insanity
In that article I said that if given time the younger, progressive generation in Iran would rise up and bring reform and democracy to the country. I had no idea it would happen so quickly but its incredibly exciting to witness....the birth of a democracy from the inside out.....not a forced democracy like we just attempted in Iraq.
The difference between the two countries (Iraq/Iran) is education...pure and simple. I truly believe that in the modern world, 99% of all global conflict can be resolved with diplomacy and education.
Obama's role in this conflict is going to be absolutely critical. I don't agree with his current guarded strategy. I think he has to recognize this as an extraordinary opportunity to leverage his current popularity and influence to empower the revolution....he needs to step up to the plate. Wether it fails or succeeds, this country needs to step up to the plate and support this movement.
I disagree with The Yellow blog's commentary that its not about us.....I think it is very much about us. Its about human rights, freedom, peace....solidarity. Even after the 8 year Bush nightmare, much of the world looks to this country as a guiding light. Contrary to popular belief...I think the majority of Iranians admire America and I think its important for us to show solidarity with those leading this revolution.
If what's happening in Iran doesn't excite you...shit...what does?