There are emails and faxes coming from Iranian citizens that describe widespread violence .. throughout the country, not just in Tehran.
Here are some Iranian Resistance sites that you might find interesting:
Free Iran News (the latest Iranian Resistance news)
Free Iran Forums
National Council Of Resistance Of Iran
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect, Iranian Resistance (she rocks!)
I intend to write about Iran in the near future -- similar to the piece I did on Korea.
For now, since Old Media will not be covering it for at least another 10 days, if ever, here's what's happening.
The Iranian people are basically fed up with the mullahs who run the country. For months now, dissidents (mostly young people) have demonstrated against the mullahs. The mullahs have reacted as mullahs do .. they've jailed and executed as many of the dissident leaders as they can identify.
Over the past 48 hours, several major cities in Iran have experienced demonstrations led by the resistance. The Iranian military and secret police are firing on the dissidents and the dissidents are firing back.
This is what makes it different from past demonstrations. It is, in my opinion, the early stages of the 2nd Iranian revolution. It may take months to come to fruition, but this is the start. Unlike the 1979 revolution, this revolution is about freedom.
Nothing good came from the 1979 Iranian revolution (Thank you, former President Jimmy "Gooberhead" Carter who thought it would be swell for the Ayatollah to come out of exile in France .. and yes, the French have a long history of coddling madmen).
Iran has since been a hellhole for people who want freedom. The same is true for a lot of countries in the Middle East, notably Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt.
What sets Iran apart from the rest of the Middle East is their culture. They are Persians, not Arabs. What they have in common with the Arabs is religion. Of course the Arab countries think so much of the Iranian brand of Islam (Shi'ite) that they supported Iraq in its 8 year war against Iran.
So did we, but that was after the Iranian revolution that brought Ayatollah Khomeini out of exile from France (thank you again, Gooberhead, for not supporting the Shah) and after the takeover of our embassy and holding our embassy personnel hostage for 444 days.
At any rate, whether Shi'ite or Sunni; Persian or Arab, mullahs don't much like freedom for the people.
That's why the religious police will take a big, long stick to any woman who gets out of line by doing something like showing her ankles in public. It's Freudian. It really is. But they will beat that woman with a stick and I don't mean friendly reminder taps. I mean whup hell outta her. Or depending on the personal interpretation of Islamic law by any said mullah, they will whup hell outta her, then throw her AND her family in jail.
After 25 years of this crap, Iranians are starting to fight back.
But mostly what the Iranian mullahs specialize in is exporting Islam and terrorism. They have long been active in Eastern Europe and the Balkans .. attempting to "save" those beer-drinking muslims.
Since 1979, Iran's fingerprints have been all over numerous terrorist acts worldwide, most directed at the United States and Israel. And by the way, the infamous Hizbollah terrorist organization is an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, though don't say that in the polite company of dithering diplomats at the State Department.
Many intelligence analysts in the U.S. Intelligence Community (the alphabet soup agencies CIA, DIA, NSA, etc) believe Iran has aided al-Qaeda from the beginning. They specifically believe the Iranian government aided al-Qaeda in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing which killed 19 of our Air Force personnel in Saudi Arabia; the 1998 bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya which killed over 220 people including 12 Americans; and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole which killed 17 of our sailors.
Since September 11, 2001, Iran continues to harbor and give safe passage to al-Qaeda members. Now these same peckerwoods, the Iranian mullahs, are pursuing nuclear weapons (If we'll just let Israel be Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces will rid the world of that particular concern).
President Bush didn't name Iran as part of the Axis Of Evil for nothing.
The mullahs presently find themselves sandwiched between American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. I don't think this military posture has been lost on the young Iranian dissidents.
Anyway, there's a lot more to the story on Iran and I'll try to share it in an interesting way in the coming days.