And so, in Iran

Pictured: The Iranian city of Mashhad, enveloped in a haze of air pollution. Of the 500 most polluted cities of the world, Iran with 19 cities comes fifth. (Image source: Tasnim/Wikimedia Commons)

There’s an article, a quote really, over at Oyia Brownthat caught my eye. It is from a quite long article from Gatestone, comparing contemporary Iran to East Germany. It’s well worth your time, Here’s the quote:

On December 28, 2017, major protests against the Iranian regime broke out in Mashhad and quickly spread to numerous other urban centers. Mostly merely noisy at first, some turned violent and eventually the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) suppressed the phenomenon, killing some and arresting thousands of others. Protests have continued, but news about them is scanty. How are they to be evaluated?

There are interesting parallels with the twilight of the East German regime. By a coincidence, the Iranian regime is in its fortieth year and the East German regime suddenly collapsed just after its leaders had held a large-scale pompous celebration of its fortieth anniversary in the capital, East Berlin.

At its downfall, the government and security apparatus of the so-called “German Democratic Republic” appeared to be, as always, thoroughly in control, yet it took only a few chance events to start a domino effect that swept it away. There was the swell of holidaymakers who drove their polluting “Trabis” into Hungary or Czechoslovakia and thence via Austria into West Germany, because those East European countries had stopped preventing them. Beginning on September 4, 1989, there were the Monday marches that set out after the morning “Prayer for Peace” in Leipzig’s St. Nicholas Church.

The fortieth anniversary celebration took place on October 6. On October 9, the morning march in Leipzig encompassed 70,000. In a fateful turning point, the local leaders of the regime decided not to send in the police for fear of mass casualties. Thereafter the marches knew no limits and not just in Leipzig. On November 9, a government spokesman, trying to placate the citizens with a minor concession, issued a mumbled announcement about making it easier to get permits to visit West Germany. East Berliners misunderstood him to mean that the border was now open and rushed to the checkpoints to West Berlin. The guards, equally confused, let them through. Where a hundred thousand had marched to celebrate the regime on October 6, now tens of thousands began to stream through daily in both directions.

Do read it all. If you’re as slow as me, several times.

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24 Responses to And so, in Iran

  1. Scoop says:

    Well if there is a rush to the border crossing gates in Iran like there was in East Germany I sure hope that is made up of Muslims from the EU trying to get back in. We don’t need another exodus that’s for sure.

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah.

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      • the unit says:

        🙂

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    • the unit says:

      🙂

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  2. Scoop says:

    “Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall.” _ Pres. Ronald Reagan
    “Mr. Rouhani, build a bigger wall.” _ Pres. Donald Trump

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    • NEO says:

      Actually, I’m not as worried about Iranians as I am Arabs. Yeah, we’re full, and all that, but persians actually are Europeans and until the 1979 revolution Iran looked like any other (somewhat run down) European city. Yeah, they’re Muslim, but most were (and maybe still are) pretty secular, compared to a bunch of the others. They’re government, on the other hand…

      That Gatestone article goes into some of this, that’s why it’s useful.

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      • Scoop says:

        Yeah, I have a friend who married one of the pre-Khomeni Iranians and she was very Westernized. I do wonder about the new crop though. I’m sure some have been indoctrinated and others are desirous of their parents’ and grandparents’ Iran.

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, gonna take some vetting. You remember that picture that C ran years ago of Afghanistan, with the mini-skirted girls. Iran, and Egypt were even more so.

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        • Scoop says:

          Oh I know. Just recently something I read had a bunch of before and after pictures. Like night and day.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, it is exactly like that.

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  3. the unit says:

    Well, I slogged through it at Gallstones…er Gatestone. Reading it again won’t help me so no, not several times. All I can say is the NWO has it’s work cut out for itself. And a question, so what have you got on your hands when you’re finished? What a mess of the centuries!

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    • NEO says:

      That’s not wrong, I’d warrant.

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    • Scoop says:

      Hell in a handbasket comes to mind. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Probably the Brit form “Hell in a handcart”, if not a freight train. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Yes, that would be the AATW version for sure.

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        • NEO says:

          It;s pretty widespread in Britain, I’ve found.

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        • the unit says:

          Maybe wish you’d been fortunate enough to have only been treated in the hospital and come down with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and colostridium difficile (C.diff). 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          No problem. Sea sponges to the rescue: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-healing-sponges-20180620-story.html

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Ah so, makes me want to watch my favorite movie as a kid…sponge divers will return! 🙂
          http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/66202/Beneath-The-12-Mile-Reef-Original-Trailer-.html

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        • Scoop says:

          Looks like Robert Wagner found more than sea sponges on his dives. He always did have an eye out for the ladies. Don’t know what she was doing down there though . . . something of a mystery. I can’t remember the movie as I was more into 12 O’Clock High and High Noon in those days.

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        • the unit says:

          And that should fix it for the Ayatollah, sea sponge stuffed up his arse. 🙂

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  4. the unit says:

    All kidding aside. From the last sentence in Lowe’s article, “new American policy must SUREY…”.

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  5. Reblogged this on Boudica2015.

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