Do Iran’s hard-liners really believe ‘velvet revolution’ plot?
The indictment of more than 100 Iranians being tried en masse for opposing the regime opens a window onto the world view of those who fear change most.
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Not only was the end of Soviet domination in Czechoslovakia an example of this dastardly plot’s success, but so was the Solidarity movement that brought democracy to Poland and the successful independence drives by the Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia after the collapse of Soviet communism.Skip to next paragraph
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Apparently, Iran also looks askance at the student-led protests that pushed Slobodan Milosevic from power in Serbia in 2000 as part of the plot. Mr. Milosevic was on trial for attempted genocide against the former Yugoslavia’s Croatian and Kosovar Muslim populations when he died in The Hague in 2006.
Now the conspiracy has moved on to Iran, in the view of hard-liners, some of whom also accuse former Iranian presidents Mohammed Khatami and Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani and reformist cleric Mehdi Karroubi, who are not on trial, as being in its vanguard. (here’s a story looking at which politicians are under threat in the crackdown).
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The indictment is long on general discussion of the conspiracy, and rather short on specific accusations. All of the violence and protests that have occurred since the elections are painted as being instigated by the Islamic republic’s “defeated and despondent” foreign enemies, acting through its “local agents.” Who controls them? The 81-year-old Gene Sharp, the world’s foremost expert on nonviolent protest to effect democratic change.
Dr. Sharp’s Boston-based Albert Einstein Institution, which runs on an annual budget of $150,000, provides translations in two dozen languages of his manuals on nonviolent protest and by all accounts his advice has been taken by democracy movements from Latin America to Asia. (You can take a peek at the clearly menacing Sharp here.)