Jun 20 2009
Today Gateway Pundit has extremely good coverage of the ongoing uprising in Iran (here as well). So far we have not seen the kind of tipping point we need to see to determine if this will last or change the future of Iran. We would need to see some regions take self control, we would need to see some military units switch sides.
So far, what we have seen, is what it looks like when bitter old men try to hold their grip on power. Mousavi has apparently said he is ready for martyrdom. If the people concur then Iran will be entering the final, determining stage very soon.
You can tell things are not good when a nation kills its own children in an effort to keep control of the masses.
Update: The New York Times has a good round up as well.
Update: This is an interesting bit of news:
There are rallies every day… organized by word of mouth from one event to the other, and then by phone calls, and strangers just telling you to show up as they pass you by or as you are waiting behind red lights. Yesterday, it was supposed to be from Enghelab to Azadi, but it literally started at Emam Hossein Sq. (Fooziyeh) and spread all the way to Ekabatan. The number of protesters should be estimated in the millions. They were from every layer of society.
Southern Teheranis, Northern rich kids, Chaadoris, Ghertis, Hizbullahi, young, old, kids, etc. A huge sample of the Iranian nation, with all its diversity, was there, determined to make a change. They feel betrayed and insulted.
Everybody went. TheÂ Yegaan vijehÂ (anti-riotÂ police) first tried to intimidate people as they were gathering, but the immensity of the crowd then made them back up and hide in a nearbyÂ policestation.
We shall see how long and bright the desire for freedom can burn in the soul of the Iranians.
Update: Another sign of a tipping point is if a number of clerics bolt from the brutal regime. Here is a Q&A with one lead opposition cleric.