Jon Stewart has a series of short videos on Iranian elections. Somewhere he illustrates the influence of the “Obama effect” on Iranian elections: the use of slogans such as Yes We Can, Change and also the “Michelle Obama” effect, with an excerpt of a speech where Zahra Rahnavard says something like “this is the first time that I am proud of my country“!. Oops, it seems that this last part was a joke! I missed the sentence in Persian – Thanks P:)
One of my favorite quotes from PPGG’s homepage:
“Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself.”
Maybe that is how we end up with a “We Won’t Negotiate” posture and consider protest as a “low-level terrorism“.