Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi–who have been under house arrest–have now been moved, and the Obama Administration is urging the regime in Iran to allow “active dialogue” amongst the Iranian people. Dollars to donuts says that the right to engage in active dialogue will not be given up nearly as easily as civilized and decent people would like it to be; the regime knows that to relax its oppressive techniques is to sign its own death warrant.
At least the Administration is finally talking tough. Would that it did so in 2009, at a time when the regime was back on its heels.
Meanwhile, the opposition refuses to give up. Bravery deserves to be rewarded. Insh’allah, it will be. I mean, read this:
The opposition’s strong comeback despite a year of arrests, executions and oppression appears to have taken conservative government supporters by surprise. Some openly pondered whether the heavy-handed crackdowns were backfiring and radicalizing the public’s demands, which have gone from demanding new elections after the 2009 presidential election to demands of regime overthrow this week.
“The reality is that after 20 months of crackdowns of post-election crisis, the country is witnessing a big unrest,” wrote Foad Sadeghi, a conservative columnist close to the Revolutionary Guards on Ayandeh news website. “It shows that the government’s method of dealing with unrest has failed to bring results.”
Confusion is reigning amongst those who would deny the Iranian people their freedom. May that confusion only increase. The downfall of the status quo, and all who seek to preserve it, cannot come fast enough.