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on a revolution
jon stewart on religion
I remember reading Reading Lolita in Tehran and marvelling at how a real revolution happened, and this was the first I'd really heard of it.

Now, all I can think about is the Conservatives earlier this year who called a potential coalition government a "coup d'état" and how wrong they were. What is happening in Iran right now is a coup. To call a legally-defined procedure within Canadian law the same thing is to minimize its impact.

This is the first time an American president did not interfere with Iran's situation -- and it's a good thing. In the past, U.S. support for the protestors led the Iranian government to punish the people more, accusing them of being spies for or taking money from the U.S.

But I think Obama must hear the message of the protests: Ahmadinejad's government is a lie.

Indeed, being unable to step in and police the middle east is an interesting turn of events. I'm not so naïve as to believe that this is not at least partly circumstantial, but it's a bit of an experiment, as well. The Iranian people have seized their power. To meddle with this very powerful thing could be catastrophic.

Facebook pictures shared of smashed windowfronts and damage to cars from police grenades. It gives me the chills to think this is happening right now and the best coverage I can get of what's going on is on Fark.

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I'll admit that I'm not paying nearly enough attention to it right now, though it chills me to realize that a dear friend of mine (who I only just met mere months ago) is currently experiencing much of this for himself in the Middle East. His comments and Facebook postings make me more and more thankful that that kind of violence isn't what I encounter daily, but I also worry, and wonder at all that is happening around him. It is easy to ignore the real and political problems that others suffer halfway around the world, but it isn't easy to think about them once one realizes that they're there, occuring as we live our relatively easy lives over here.

How has your perspective on this changed in the last week (or so) since this began?

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