‘Unlike the streets of Paris, Berlin or Berkeley, anti-Americanism is not fashionable in Tehran’

‘Unlike the streets of Paris, Berlin or Berkeley, anti-Americanism is not fashionable in Tehran’
: Iranian.com says these demonstrations are different and says that those who say that America should just sit back and shush are wrong [my emphases]:

The students, backed by ordinary people in the streets, are no longer asking for reform but for the removal of the clerical regime. They are chanting

  • Joshua Chamberlain

    Pedram will just say Azizi is a monarchist. Of course, anyone advocating American support is just a monarchist in disguise. Remember, we deposed Mossadeqh. That’s what’s really important, some coup that happened 50 years ago. Yeah, America can’t be trusted. It pursues a foreign policy based on (gasp) its own interests. How dare the U.S. seek to undermine the No 1. state sponsor of Islamist terror! Now we’re really out of control. Mehdi Karrubi, he’s just like Bull Connor. He’ll back down in the face of a few sit-ins at lunch counters, just like Connors did in the face of Dr. King. No need to get violent, or worse yet, accept support from some American yokels constantly infering in other peoples’ business.

  • Tom

    If America fails to step in here we are going to see many hundreds or possibly thousands of these students and common Iranians slaughtered by the mullahs. Iranians are going to die. America can decide if those dying Iranians will be the oppressed or the oppressors. We have implicitly if not explicity told these people we want them to revolt. Now, will we let them stand alone and undefended? You know, like we did at the Bay of Pigs, and again with the Kurds? Will we let them be massacred? Or will we give them the help they need so that they can enjoy the same freedoms we’re working so hard and at such great cost to give Iraqis?

  • The piece in Iranian.com that you point to is absolutely great. Thank you for pointing it out. I hope a lot of people read it, as I hope the memes of the protestors not being anti-American and of them welcoming our words of encouragement really take hold.

  • Good posts. Jeff Jarvis has linked to a wide range of Iranian bloggers, but it has been getting hard to keep a thick skin with some of the–for lack of a better term–anti-Americanism being flung back at us for trying to be supportive. “Who are YOU to tell us how?”
    And Joshua’s point is well taken–the charge of supporting the “Monarchists” gets tossed around a lot. With protestors getting raped, tortured and killed over there, isn’t this debate a bit…premature?
    It’s easy to feel like a fool running in front of the pissed off, charging bulls in Pamplona. Feels like some of these bloggers are ready to gore anyone in their way. You think maybe it’s best to sit it out and hope against the odds that they defeat the matador, for once. But you can’t help but think that by sitting it out you’ll be sending them to inevitable defeat.
    And being slaughtered, butchered and sold to market.

  • Hello Jeff Jarvis,
    My name is Ehsan and im from Canada and my originality is Iranian but I write an English weblog.I have writen a post about this 9th of July event in Iran. You can see it on my weblog from this address http://ehsany.blogspot.com

  • It’s a decent article but I think she argues against herself. There’s no doubt that Anti-Americanism is not in vogue in Iran, but why bring up Paris, Berlin and Berkeley if it’s not meant to be a low cut dress for conservative temptation? There have been wonderful blog potsings about the ideology of television stations broadcasting into Iran, but at the same time the strictly royalist ideology that follows these brodcasts can also adversely effect whole portions of the population who supported the original revolution and want freedom without another bloody revolution. The same question goes to what and how of foreign pressure.
    The last line of the article is where I think the reversal is: “She says, The bazaar played a key role in the over-throw of the Shah in 1979 and in bringing Khomeini to power. If the bazaar supports the uprising then the regime will have lost the very organ that first breathed life into it.”
    The bazaari’s are very conservative, they may be pragmatic enough at the end of the day, but their loyalty is to the coservatives. They question of US support for television stations with a royalist ideology is that it may backfire with not only the bazaari’s but with other sections of the middle class who are vary of going back to monarchy or to the ’53 coup.

  • Jeff, maybe you should add for the benefit of those not inspecting the (first) source that it’s an op-ed piece.

  • Jay Gilbert

    It’s spelled “cooties.” There was a game by that name in the 50’s.