It’s About Revolution, It’s not about this guy

I do not believe that people are dying in the streets for this Islamist Mousavi. He sounds like Ahmadinejad. It's like switching your panties that say "Monday" for the ones that say "Tuesday". Why bother? I wrote about this thing  here last week when the Iranians first took to the streets: It Has Always Been the Mullahs  (The American Thinker).

Look over Mousavi's latest statement (below). He speaks lovingly of the madman Khomeini. Meanwhile a suicide bomber attacked Khomeini shrine in Iran. (Washington Post)

In an act fraught with symbolic significance, a suicide bomber blew
himself up at the mausoleum of the father of Iran's Islamic revolution,
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, while unrest continued across Tehran in
defiance of a ban on demonstrations.

The election was the catalyst, but it has become much bigger than Mousavi. I do not believe Iranians are taking bullets for more of the same. Women have been on the forefront of this revolution, they are not fighting for the misogyny of Islam.

Yes, there are chants of “Allah-akbar!" But crowds are now chanting “Marg bar dictator!” (”Death to the dictator!”).

Translation of Mousavi's latest statement (persian text posted before) Iran facts blog

In the name of God, the kind and the merciful

Indeed god demands you to safe keep what people entrust in you, and to rule them with justice. [this a verse of Koran]

Respectable and intelligent people of Iran,

These nights and days, a pivotal moment in our history is taking place. People ask each other: “what should we do?, which way should we go?”. It is my duty to share with you what I believe, and to learn from you, may we never forget our historical task and not give up on the duty we are given by the destiny of times and generations.

30 years ago, in this country a revolution became victorious in the name of Islam, a revolution for freedom, a revolution for reviving the dignity of men, a revolution for truth and justice. In those times, especially when our enlightened Imam [Khomeini] was alive, large amount of lives and matters were invested to legitimize this foundation and many valuable achievements were attained. An unprecedented enlightenment captured our society, and our people reached a new life where they endured the hardest of hardships with a sweet taste. What this people gained was dignity and freedom and a gift of the life of the pure ones [i.e. 12 Imams of Shiites]. I am certain that those who have seen those days will not be satisfied with anything less.

Had we as a people lost certain talents that we were unable to experience that early spirituality? I had come to say that that was not the case. It is not late yet, we are not far from that enlightened space yet. I had come to show that it was possible to live spiritually while living in a modern world. I had come to repeat Imam’s warnings about fundamentalism. I had come to say that evading the law leads to dictatorship; and to remind that paying attention to people’s dignity does not diminish the foundations of the regime, but strengthens it. I had come to say that people wish honesty and integrity from their servants, and that many of our perils have arisen from lies. I had come to say that poverty and backwardness, corruption and injustice were not our destiny. I had come to re-invite to the Islamic revolution, as it had to be, and Islamic republic as it has to be.

In this invitation, I was not charismatic [articulate], but the core message of revolution was so appealing that it surpassed my articulation and excited the young generation who had not seen those days to recreate scenes which we had not seen since the days of revolution[1979] and the sacred defense. The people’s movement chose green as its symbol. I confess that in this, I followed them. And a generation that was accused of being removed from religion, has now reached “God is Great”, “Victory’s of God and victory’s near”, “Ya hossein” in their chants to prove that when this tree fruits, they all resemble. No one taught hem these slogans, they reached them by the teachings of instinct. How unfair are those whose petty advantages make them call this a “velvet revolution” staged by foreigners! [refering to state TV and Khameneni, perhaps!]

UPDATE: It's about the women (NY Times is reporting)

I also know that Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen
them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the
fray. “Why are you sitting there?” one shouted at a couple of men perched on the
sidewalk on Saturday. “Get up! Get up!”

Another green-eyed woman, Mahin, aged 52, staggered into an alley clutching
her face and in tears. Then, against the urging of those around her, she limped
back into the crowd moving west toward Freedom Square. Cries of “Death to the
dictator!” and “We want liberty!” accompanied her.

There were people of all ages. I saw an old man on crutches, middle-aged
office workers and bands of teenagers. Unlike the student revolts of 2003 and
1999, this movement is broad. […]

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