The streets of Tehran have become the outpost of a national pain and an open stage for the heart longings. The people of Islamic republic of Iran deserve our support at this crucial time in their history. Their hunger for change, the build up to their June 12 elections is comparable to the US elections. The Iranian people are sick of the status quo. They are sick of ayatollahism. They want the person they elected to be the supreme leader not the one the grand ayatollah says should be. An Islamic state cannot be a republic and a republic cannot be an Islamic state. The forced union of the two is the reason for the mass convulsions on the streets of Iran today. Gone were the days when President George Bush referred to Iran as a pillar in the axis of evil and so mullahs and reformists united behind the clerical regime to oppose the Bush threat. But with a conciliatory Obama, the internal contradictions of the state began to play out in calling for a free Iran. The June 12 election was a referendum on the ayatollahs. And they too subsequently turned it into a stage-managed insult on the electorate. They recourse to fear tactics and overwhelming firepower. They are tapping into historical hatred for Jews and the west. The grand ayatollah referred to the protests as influenced by ÔÇśZionist media' and the protesters as tools in the hands of ÔÇśEvil Britain' and the US. No, ayatollah, you cannot convert your people to Pavlov's dogs responding to so-called Zionist-western interests, you cannot reduce the yearnings of millions of Iranians everywhere to self-serving rhetoric. It just goes to show how psychotic the clerics have become and why they need to be gotten rid of as soon as possible.
There is no point in speaking truth to power because power knows the truth it just wants to hide it. The ayatollahs know that a grain of truth can outweigh the whole world. They know that if one word of truth is joined to another there would be a revolt. That is why they have quickly moved to prevent all means of its joining. They have hacked opposition websites and newspapers, they have banned and detained many foreign journalists. And yet the state owned media like our keeps drooling the clerical consensus calling it news. But they found the Internet difficult to tame. Twitter, Facebook have already emerged as heroes of the Iranian revolution 2.0. Just like our Radio Kudirat, the BBC should be commended for foresight. When it launched the Farsi TV channel last year, nobody knew how crucial it would be now. This is not meddling into Iranian domestic affairs. The BBC is just offering Iranians the means to express themselves not telling them what to express.
That neighbouring Arab leaders refused so far to comment on the unfolding event in Iran is not coincidental. It has nothing to do with the historical enmity between Arabs and Persians, shias and shittes. It is for fear that if it can happen in Iran, it can happen in their own countries too. Which society would not be inspired seeing women lead battalions of protesters to confront the government forces? They see footages of ninja women lifting their burkahs - that black symbol of patriarchy and oppression - to beat up elite anti-riot policemen. They see the wife of the opposition candidate, Zahra Rahnavard an eminent political scientist in her own right rousing rallies. They see Faezeh Hashemi the reformist daughter of one of the ayatollahs hording men to the barricades. These images will definitely inspire Arab societies to organise not agonise. And leaders from Egypt to Saudi to Syria and Kuwait cannot sit comfortably anymore.
The Iranian people have discovered what concerted efforts and thoughts can do. They deserve our support at this crucial time. Their fight should be our fight. Who knows, they could provide us with models and strategies when our time too comes: when we must bring Tehran to Abuja.