June 19th, 2009
10:19 AM ET

A different Iranian revolution

Editor's Note: This article was written by a student in Iran who, for reasons of safety, did not want to be identified by his full name.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/19/iran.protests.women/art.women.gi.jpg caption="Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate on June 17, 2009, in Tehran."]

Shane M.
The New York Times

We look over this wall of marching people to see what our friends in the United States are saying about us. We cannot help it — 30 years of struggle against the Enemy has had the curious effect of making us intrigued. To our great dismay, what we find is that in important sectors of the American press a disturbing counternarrative is emerging: That perhaps this election wasn’t a fraud after all. That the United States shouldn’t rush in with complaints of democracy denied, and that perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the president the Iranian people truly want (and, by extension, deserve).

Do not believe it. Those so-called experts warning Americans to be leery of claims of fraud by the opposition are basing their arguments on an outdated understanding of Iran that has little to do with the reality of what we here are experiencing during these singular days.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran
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  1. Isabel, Brazil

    Democracy depends on a society educated and well informed with access to information allows you to participate as fully as possible in public life of their society and criticize government officials or policies senseless and tyranny. Citizens and their elected representatives recognize that democracy depends on the widest possible access to ideas, information and opinions not subject to censorship.

    That Iran has the best president. That Iran has that the government that it deserves, but that freedom of expression and thought have taken place in this government.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm |