Pre­ma­ture Rev­o­lu­tions

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

Your ar­ti­cle on the po­ten­tial of an­other rev­o­lu­tion in Iran was an eye-opener. It is al­ways in­ter­est­ing to read the per­spec­tive of some­one from within the coun­try. While many in the Arab world, and be­yond, are cur­rently mes­mer­ized with the con­cept of a rev­o­lu­tion, the Ira­nian peo­ple have tried it and live it ev­ery day. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the com­par­isons drawn be­tween the Arab Spring and the Green Rev­o­lu­tion. It is true, rev­o­lu­tions do not suc­ceed once they start. The real test is what fol­lows. To­day, we see Egypt and Libya strug­gling to gain a foothold over their fu­ture. Mass con­fu­sion and uncer­tainty pre­vails in coun­tries that have known noth­ing but bru­tal dic­ta­tor­ships. Iran has en­dured that cy­cle and has suf­fered con­se­quently. The author is right that change will not be ini­ti­ated by the masses but rather oc­cur from the top down. Iran

went through a rad­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion from se­vere West­ern­iza­tion to mon­i­tored theoc­racy and the Ira­nian peo­ple are not yet ready to em­bark on yet an­other ad­ven­ture. The peo­ple need to be ready to re­volt, no mat­ter what the con­se­quences, and it is un­cer­tain how long this prepa­ra­tion will take. Sohrab Es­fand­yar

Tehran, Iran

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