Alluh Akbar!: Completely mesmerized by what is going on in Iran

June 13, 2009

I don’t like to comment about what I don’t know much about, but I have to relate to you how mesmerized I have been in the last twelve hours by what is going on in Iran.

First, the use of technology has been truly remarkable to the point that the Government shut off the use of SMS messages before the polls closed as a way of apparently stopping communication among opposition people. However, they seemed to have forgotten twitter, which became the preferred method of communication until it was shutdown a couple of hours ago. Bloggers of course have been doing a wonderful job, I have been reading many, but I think the Huffington Post through this post may be the simplest way to follow things.

There are certainly strange things happening there, from the fact that the opposition candidate was told he had won, to the fact that a large turnout was supposed to benefit him but did not, according to the official results. However, what I find most fascinating is that reportedly the mullahs are calling now for a repeat of the election, remarkably given the almost 2 to 1 margin for Ahmadinejad. And talk about speed, while Chavez took a couple of years to jail Rosales, apparently loser Mousavi is under house arrest one day after polls closed.

Whatever the outcome, it will be a momentous change for Iran. If the protests get nowhere, the Iranian revolution will lose legitimacy, if the protests win, Ahmadinejad and even the Iranian revolution woudl have suffered a huge setback and a more open and freer society may emerge.  This is the most intriguing thing, that Moudavi wanted and campaigned for a more liberal society which energized the electorate. I hope his supporters don’t get squashed and the Government instills fear in them, the way Venezuelans seemed to have been silenced into a corner in the last few years.

Alluh Akbar!

(Note added: Hard to believe it, but this is what pajamasmedia is reporting: Reports are circulating that Venezuela has sent anti-riot troops to Tehran to help Ahmadinejad)

25 Responses to “Alluh Akbar!: Completely mesmerized by what is going on in Iran”

  1. ErneX Says:

    Oh this looks so similar to what we’ve seen in Caracas…

    “basij militia appear as civilians but carry guns & shoot at will”

  2. Anon Says:

    Miguel, thanks for the feed logo.

  3. geha714 Says:

    Kepler, you’re right.

    Chavez in his bare essence represents and embodies the worst flaws of Venezuelans: Ignorance, arrogance, selfishness, shallowness, resentment.

    Just look the physical and psychological transformation of the man… says it all.

  4. Roberto Says:

    Just ’cause no one mentioned it, you will see non Arab speakers speak Arabic when reciting for the Koran, since it is written in Arabic.

    Hence Allah Akbar!

  5. bruni Says:

    Miguel: I rejoice on the fact that iranians are reacting. However, when you compare Venezuelans reaction with Iranians reaction, it is like comparing pears with oranges. The iranians have not had a democracy before, and yes, they got rid of the Shah, but it was 30 years ago and replaced him with another type of totalitarian regime that, on top of that, denies equal rights for women.

    The levels of repression that Iranians have put up with in the last 30 years have nothing to do with what has been happening in Venezuela in the last 10 years.

    My point is that if Chávez increases his repression, Venezuelan will be quick to react. Remember Perez Jimenez.

  6. Kepler Says:

    Octavio, I am sorry to disagree. Chavez’s ideas are not foreign to Venezuelans.
    Socialism and communism may be foreign to Venezuelans, but those things are the fassade, not the essence of Chavez.

    Chavez, to me, is very close to the most probable value of a Venezuelan, whether we like it or not (which does not mean the average), plus a pinch of

  7. moctavio Says:

    As I said, hard to believe. However, Chavez’ anti-riot police are very well trained to do their job and they have done it every time time it has been needed. Remember February 2004? I was there, it was very scary. So, don’t dismiss that part, why do you think we don’t protest anymore.

    Bruni: So far Iranians seem to be more willing to defend their limited democracy than we do ours. There may not be a religious factor here, but Chavismo is a quasi-religious sect with a leader looking for his Bible, except his ideas are foreign to Venezuelan culture. They got rid of the Shah, they may get rid of this guy too.

  8. concerned Says:

    Maybe they only returned the Iranian Republican Guard that had been loaned to Chavez for his use. Remember that there were a few of them that were killed in the helicopter incident a few months ago. I am sure that it would only be a token gesture from Chavez to show his support to his partner in crime. There would also be no shortage of chavista delinquents that would jump on a plane for the opportunity for violence.

  9. geha714 Says:

    Sorry, incomplete sentence.

    What can you expect of a media outlet that hires Joe The Plumber as a correspondent…

  10. geha714 Says:

    What in the world is pajamasmedia doing? They drop the ball on that one…

    What can you expect that hires Joe The Plumber as a correspondent…


  11. Gringo Says:

    Mercedes’s comment about the competence of Venezuelan Army is well taken, given what occurred in March of last year.

    As a way to check the veracity of the Ven to Tehran reports: are there still Caracas-Tehran flights, and would there be a way to monitor who gets on them?

  12. Mercedes Says:

    The venezuelan army couldn’t find its way to the colombian border and they are going to manage in Iran? And where are they going to buy Polarcitas?

  13. bruni Says:

    Venezuela sending anti-riot troops to Iran?!?

    Come on! Do you really believe our local police officers are going to be sent to the other part of the world to stop protesters? The logistic of the whole thing looks to me so far-fetched…who are they going to send? How? When? What language would they speak? How they will deal with the jetlag? Who would direct them?

    The person in Pajama’s media that is writing that has never met a Venezuelan policeman in his/her life. It has no idea what our country, and its police force is like.

    BTW if by any chance this is true…then it’s time to organize a protest of our own! There will not be anti-riot police in Caracas !

  14. Lars Says:

    Bruni, the common thread that unites them both is Fascism and to a lesser extent, nuclear weapons. Serious thought is being given to Chavez’s pursuit of nukes via Iran. There are many public unknowns regarding Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Syria and North Korea. Syria had outside help in financing its North Korean plutonium reactor recently destroyed by Israel. Iran is the likely financier but what about Hugo? Too many ifs.

    Castro is apolcalyptical. So was Che but the Russians were not. The Iranians yes and so are the North Koreans. Where does this leave Chavez? Chavez is a very complicated man. While some think he’s a one-trick pony, I disgress.

    This group crossed the point-of-no-return a long time ago. Comeflores and optimists keep dreaming. A Chavez no lo sacan vivo.

  15. bruni Says:


    Iran is no Venezuela. There are two major differences: to my knowledge Iran has never had a true democracy like Venezuela had and there is no religious component in Venezuela’s political system.

    Imagine for an instant that all venezuelan women were forced to dress in black and cover their head….how long do you think a regime like that would last?

    The situation in Iran is way way worse than in Venezuela because there are two levels of authoritarism: the political level and the religious level.

  16. GeronL Says:

    It is the end of the pretense of democracy in Iran. They have been pretending to have one for a while but that is all in shambles now that the curtain has fallen down. I am wodering how far Venezuela is behind Iran in this regard?

    As regards to the Huffington Post, it is an extremely leftwing site, so be wary of their throwing in opinions as fact.

  17. Alex Dalmady Says:

    [QUOTE]Alex: Yes, but that is used by Muslims independent of country and was the oppositions cry the night of the election[/QUOTE]

    Sort of like “We Will Come Back” (I shall return)?

  18. Roger Says:

    We forget that Chavez and his “kind and gentle dictatorship” is not the norm. Nor is Irak where all the Kings horses and all the Kings men cannot replace the dictatorship that Sadam created and operated for so many years. Even compairing other post Spanish Colonial – Catholic countries, there is something about Venezuela that to me is just too docile. Many are still taking heads! It is true that Iranians have been very careful opposing their government also, but neither have thay been standing in line for the latest handout that is part of their social compact with their ruler. As usual, Im getting into areas that Venezuelans should be debating and publishing the results here.

  19. moctavio Says:

    I moved feed up and made icon bigger, do you see it now?

  20. Anon Says:

    In my mind, I wander back to December 2006, wondering whether this is the very type of scenario that fueled Rosales’ bitterly criticised and ultimately inexcusable, historically anyway, concession.

  21. moctavio Says:

    Alex: Yes, but that is used by Muslims independent of country and was the oppositions cry the night of the election.

  22. moctavio Says:

    Anon: It shows up in my browser using Firefox in url

  23. Anon Says:

    Miguel, I can’t seem to find an RSS feed on your new site. Have you put one up or is it just my fumbling self?

  24. firepigette Says:

    if i recall Iran is a cognate of Aryan and derived from it. it used to be called Persia and I think farsi is a Persian language …dunno

    Thanks for the link Miguel…very interesting

  25. Alex Dalmady Says:

    Miguel, Iranians don’t speak Arabic. Its Persian or Farsi, mostly.

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