Iran’s False Sense of Security
I well remember the letdown we felt after the 1960s when it seemed we were entering what I then called a minor dark age. History is cyclical and I thought then that it would take until 2020 for things to swing back to a time when what we called a beloved community was possible. This was the grail of the civil rights movement.
A similar letdown is being experienced in Iran I am sure.
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But President Obama was utterly correct to tie Iran’s future to the arc of history which bends always to justice. It is not unlikely that the time of change in Iran will be measured in months instead of years. We do not know now whether the result in Iran will be the creation of a year-long struggle that will definitively unseat the current two headed excuse for fair governance and replace it with one that respects the rights of all and does not use repressive violence on the country’s citizens; or whether the current terror will last for generations, an anomaly in a world that one hopes will see things differently.
I shudder to think what a Bush administration reaction to Iran’s situation would have been. More Nedas, no doubt.
The Obama administration has been better than one might have hoped in sounding the chimes of freedom without turning them into saber rattling. The Obama administration has also signaled that it will not be killing civilians in Afghanistan. It is, in short, making the right moves. The turning of the arc of justice depends on forces that are closer to what we might designate as god within persons, the courageous impulses of those under the lash of repression. It seems to me that Iran is continuing to do just what people like Bull Connor did in this country to try to impede the march of justice. Bull failed and so will Iran’s two-headed excuse for a government.