U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has sparked pro-democratic movements in the South Asian region, including Iran.
An Afghan Spring
A viable Afghan democracy has initiated an inspiring wave of change in the region.
Seldom covered in the mainstream media, common people in Afghanistan and particularly in neighboring Iran, have had to live through the heavy-handedness of the Islamic republic for more than three decades now. But things are changing drastically.
Only a few months after the ouster of the hardline Taliban regime by the U.S. and former Northern Alliance forces in November 2001, sudden democratic changes, prominently the Emergency Loya Jirga ( Grand Assembly), which elected Hamid Karzai as the interim president of Afghani- stan, reinvigorated the democraticy spirit in the entire region. What many people forgot to notice is the fact that there was a woman among the three candidates who ran for office in this traditional gathering. What a feat for democracy!
The Iranians, following develop-