“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Let the Iranians Fix Iran. They will.

Any external military action against the Iranian regime will strengthen the regime. It will play into the hands of the mullahs.

Look at recent history in Romania. Ceausescu ran one of the most repressive regimes in Eastern Europe until the Romaanian people had enough and took matters into their own hands. That process has begone in Iran.

Once such processes begin, they are unstoppable. It is only a matter of time. The video clip from the movie of an Iranian woman being stoned, is a "To kill a Mocking Bird" moment for Iranians who see this film and others like it. It is powerful propaganda.

Recall what happened in Romania twenty years ago. The days of the mullahs in Iran are short. Only an external military attack against Iran can save them from their inevitable fate.


Opposition Supporters, Police Clash in Iran
VOA News 26 December 2009

Fierce clashes between government forces and opposition supporters in Iran are reportedly growing more violent and spreading.

Reformist Web sites say the skirmishes broke out Saturday in central Tehran, and that riot police used tear gas to try to disperse the protesters.

Witnesses say some of the demonstrators have been beaten or arrested, and that riot police smashed the windows of honking cars.

One Web site, Rah-e-Sabz, says riot police have also been joined by elite government forces. Another Web site, Jaras, says some protesters sought shelter in a building belonging to the ISNA news agencies, but that government forces followed them inside.

Reformists have recently been staging protests to coincide with public events. On Friday, a senior, hardline Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami warned opposition activists not to use the holiday to stage anti-government protests.

Saturday's demonstrations come as Iran's Shi'ite Muslims observe the Ashura religious holiday. Ashura ceremonies culminate Sunday.

During the holiday, Shi'ite worshipers mourn the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of people attended the funeral of a dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, an event that evolved into a giant anti-government demonstration.

Iranian authorities cracked down on the protesters at Monday's funeral and at subsequent rallies following Montazeri's death.


  1. The days of the mullahs in Iran are short. Only an external military attack against Iran can save them from their inevitable fate.

    Good thing we have a Euroweenie clone for POTUS. An US attack on Iran wouldn't happen if Ahmadinejad personally nuked three entire carrier groups. But that also means Obama is too weak to tell Israel no.

  2. On the previous post :

    Quirk said...
    "Once more she spoke. "How much do you love me, John ?" she asked.
    He answered : "How much do I love you ? Count the stars in the sky.
    Measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon. Number the grains of sand on the sea shore. Impossible, you say."

    What trite pap.

    "Wish I'd written that, to Melody."

    Bob, why do you demean yourself? You need to raise your aspirations.


    Sat Dec 26, 09:41:00 AM EST

    As is ought to happen:

    2164th said...
    I read the lyrics to be ironic. The beginning of the song is a slow harmonic and then counting, repetitive counting, imprinted with babble.

    The repetitive babble and jabber of most conversations and the repetitive counting of the cycle of everything. On and on, as all lives are lived.

    That continues for four minutes, a spoken refrain of "these are the days"
    "at the end of the day" the proof is in the pudding" "to tell the honest truth"

    All the meningless nonsense of words to fill the space of silence

    and then the violin breaks, as simple as a student practicing.

    Soothing is needed to settle our troubled minds.

    a story is required to give us some peace, a break, some solace. A simple unimbelished, trite everyday story, cliched, un-embellished, safely predictable the stupid ordinary things people say in the silly stage of all romance.

    nothing fancy please, just some verbal comfort food with MacDonalds-like familiarity and satisfaction.

    Sat Dec 26, 10:56:00 AM EST

    What trite pap.

    "Wish I'd written that, to Melody."

    Bob, why do you demean yourself? You need to raise your aspirations.

  3. Just sitting back and letting fate take it's course is naive...

    Iran's crazy leadership would (and always has) used an outside attack as an excuse to hold on to power...

    why do you think iran as rearmed hezbollah, hamas?

    why do you think iran is in south america?

    why do you think iran is iraq?

    why do you think iran has murdered people in england, france and the USA?

    why do you think iran keeps kidnapping every one from stupid hikers to british sailors?

    why do you think that iran sends aircraft full of dead people into a war zone?

    why do you think iran supports alqudia?

    why do you think iran is supporting islamic jihad in yemen?

    do nothing against iranian nukes?


  4. Shiites In Iran Seem To Have Great Staying Power

    They've been around for a long time. Same old crap.

    Anyway, it's academic. This administration isn't going to do anything.

    If the Iranian people were to bring the regime down, what would they put in it's place? Unlikely to just chuck islam, so they'd remain in chains, perhaps a little looser.

    I certainly wish them well, though.

  5. he (Montezari) said: This state is so different from the one we dreamed of and worked to create. Still, it is not Islam which has failed, but rather a particular interpretation of Islam.

    Always the wrong interpretation. But never a chucking of the whole thing.

    It's a black hole.


  6. I agree, Deuce. The Iranian Regime is a "Dead Man Walking."

    That may be why they're trying to provoke some type of "Border Conflict" with Iraq.

    Eventually, Every Nation on Earth will have "Nukes." That's just the way it is.

  7. Rufus: Eventually, Every Nation on Earth will have "Nukes." That's just the way it is.

    Then all the more reason to nuke those without them that are a threat asap....