terça-feira, novembro 01, 2005


"Iran also has at least 50 000 bloggers. One student explained that since these blogs are often anonymous, people can speak their minds freely, in a way they generally don´t dare to even in circles of student friends, since among those friends might be a regime spy"

"The regime has spent twenty-five years trying to make these young iranians deeply pro-islamic, anti-american,anti-western and anti-israeli.As a result, most of them are resentful of Islam (at least in its current state-imposed form), rather pro-american, and have a friendly curiosity about Israel"

"These 45 milion young people are the best hope there is of peaceful regime change in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Their "soft power" could be more effective than forty-five divisions of the US Marines"

"If, however, Europe and the United States can avoid that trap;if whatever we do to slow down the nuclearization of Iran does not end up merely slowing down the democratization of Iran; and if, at the same time, we can find policies that help the gradual social emancipation and eventual self-liberation of Young Persia, then the long term prospects are good. The islamic revolution, like the french and russian revolutions before it, has been busy devouring its own children.One day, it´s grandchildren will devour the revolution"

Timothy Garton Ash , in The New York Review of Books