The Uprising In Iran Is Not Close To Being Over

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 15, 2009

When I read the headline of this article concerning divisions in the Iranian reform movement, I got worried. I thought that perhaps a significant portion of the Iranian opposition movement had decided that it was not worth pushing for reform, that it would just have to live with the Iranian political system as is, and that it was giving up the good political fight.

Instead, I read that the divisions in question are between those who want to push through significant reforms, and perhaps the removal of people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in response to the perpetration of electoral fraud he and his cohorts are responsible for, and those who want to get rid of the entire Islamic regime altogether.

Perhaps this might sufficiently divide the opposition movement in order to allow the regime to skate by the current crisis relatively intact. Perhaps. But if I were a member of the regime, I would be terrified by the fact that my choice in enemies is between a limited aims group that might want to remove me from power, and a revolutionary group that wants to remove the entire system of government as well.

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