Regular Atlas readers were stunned and riveted by the scenes, street reportage and analysis found only at Atlas here and here (close to 100 posts) back in June, July, August etc. Few were paying attention then, so the current coverage of Iran "erupting" is not accurate. This has been going on for months. Obama ignored it and the mainstream media followed his lead (or lack thereof). But the people of Iran will win. Still, without support from the free world, there is no telling who will take control in the vacuum.
Ahmadinejad and his Islamic totalitarians stole the 2005 election as well. The people knew it, but perhaps the memory of the bloody put down of the 1999 student uprising deterred them -- so they patiently and silently suffered, held their nose, and on they worked and waited for the light. "They went without the meat and cursed the bread" until 2009. What a pity, because if they had risen up in 2005, Bush would have been there to support them.
When their vote was contemptuously and blatantly stolen in June 2009, they tried peaceful opposition. They were met with bullets and batons. The people took to the streets and were mercilessly put down. I documented it daily. The beatings, brutality, mental and physical abuse suffered by peaceful protesters was unfathomable. They sought justice. But there is no justice in sharia law and governance.
And here is the justification ............ Islam.
Now is the time to support freedom lovers, take out Iran's nukes and stabilize that sick, corrupt and evil corner of the world. It is a golden opportunity.
Funny how he thinks political dissent equals rejection of Islam. You'd almost think Islam was somehow political. "Iranian Cleric Calls Opposition 'Enemies of God,'" from VOA News, December 29 (thanks to James):
An Iranian cleric close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei says the country's opposition leaders are "enemies of God" who could be executed according to Islamic law.
The statement by Ayatollah Abbas Vaez Tabasi came Tuesday as opposition groups reported the arrests of more activists following Sunday's anti-government protests that left eight people dead.
At least 20 high-profile opposition figures or their associates have been detained since Sunday.
Among them are the brother-in-law of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and the sister of Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. Dubai TV also says its reporter in Tehran has been missing since Sunday....