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Monday, December 16, 2002

 

Meanwhile...
...the events in Iran are slowly, slowly gaining more attention. The newly published photos of Iran's nuclear program is one reason for this, probably. But here and there, members of the media are beginning to bring attention to what is happening. Columns like this one , this one, this one and this one are following up the wire stories from a week ago. Thomas Friedman's column in the New York Times (the second 'this one') shows just how blind people have been to this whole event, but also that people are beginning to wake up:
Sometimes you're reading the newspaper and a quote just jumps out at you. I had that experience last week while reading an Associated Press story from Iran about the mounting student protests against Iran's hard-line clerical leaders. Deep in the story, I came upon this sentence: "On Sunday, more than 2,000 protesting students chanted `Death to dictatorship' and condemned anew the death sentence against a prominent university professor."
I had to rub my eyes. Did I read that right? The Iranian students who had practically invented the chants "Death to America" and "Death to the Great Satan" had — on their own — changed the tape. Now they are chanting "Death to dictatorship." And because they are, there is hope for the post-9/11 world.
Yup, you read that right. And some people have been reading it right for a while--in the blogosphere, anyway. Why should this "sudden" shift to pro-Americanism (as if the students in Iran today are the same people who were students 25 years ago) be a surprise? Their website has been up for years, and thousands of people have signed their guestbook, but Thomas Friedman is surprised? That's sad, and an indictment of the lack of attention that the major press has been giving these students.
But better late than never, I suppose. It's starting, and hopefully it will move from columns here and there into major media attention, which cannot help but do good for the students.
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