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Michael van der Galien

Iranian Opposition Leader Prepared to Die

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Posted on January 2 2010 4:23 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s explicit statement that he was willing to die along side other Green activists is a big deal. Compare it to a similar historic statement in early 1960s when Mehdi Bazargan, Iran’s first prime minister after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, told the Shah’s military court: “We are the last people who will speak with you with words and encourage you to reform” – meaning that if you follow through the path of closing all doors to peaceful opposition and reform, the new generation will use other means to bring change: violence, revolution etc.

Mousavi’s letter pretty much does the same. He propose that the leadership take 5 steps to avoid a catastrophe: restore freedom of press, release all prisoners, pass a law that guarantees fair and free elections, allows the opposition the right of peaceful protest as it’s granted in the constitution and for the supreme leader to stop supporting the Ahamdi Nejad government so it’s held accountable for its massive failures. He says this is the only way the country survives this turmoil. He provides the leader one last chance to undo the damage and return to civility.

Read the whole thing at the Daily Dish.

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