June 29th, 2009
03:01 PM ET

Iran’s sons and daughters will win

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/29/iran.britain/art.tehran.embassy.afp.gi.jpg caption="Iranian students protest outside the British embassy in Tehran on June 23."]

Fawaz A. Gerges
Special to CNN

As the dust settles on battered Iranian streets, the ultra-conservative ruling mullahs appear to have won the first round against reformist rivals. But far from vanquished, the reformist movement has gained momentum, confidence, assertiveness and many new followers.

Overcoming political apathy and fear, Iranians of all walks of life took to the streets, making their voices heard and insisting that their votes mattered. Once again, Iranians have surprised the world with their dynamism and vibrant civil society.

Contrary to the stereotypes of the Islamic Republic prevalent in the West and stressed by the ruling mullahs, Iranians are not a monolith but a diverse and complex society with competing interests and differing conceptions of their country and others.

For the first time since the outbreak of the revolution in 1979, a vast, broadly based segment of Iranian society now challenges the radical conservatism of the Islamic Republic and demands direct control over their personal lives. Iran is witnessing the rise, not the end, of a viable social movement with a more democratic agenda encompassing millions of people with varied socioeconomic backgrounds.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I hope the people revolting currently have a positive effect on Iran and win equal rights for everyone, especially the women who seem to be kept in submission to men with no identity of their own.

    June 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  2. Janine from PA.

    To all the protesters in Iran: we are the world, we are the children we are the ones who make a brighter day so lets start giving. The youth are Irans future, lets hope the powers that are in iran come to recognize this.

    June 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  3. Mari

    America is still supporting and praying for you, Iran!

    Freedom is not free. Salaam.

    June 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  4. Tim Gibson

    Perhaps the saddest part of Iran that continues to have no bearing when presented today is the lasting effect our own government had on Iran when the CIA was behind a coup of their democratic government and ushered in the era of the Shah.

    Evidence stands that Bush and his regime were also involved in Iran as reported in 2007. A report that our own CIA said endangered our troops and our CIA. Do we need proof more than what stands behind those words.

    Will the people of Iran move to what ever platform they seek remains clouded behind the secret world of Iran and the US. Where do our mullahs hind, perhaps in plain sight for those who do not choose to view our own nation through a veiled reality that hides the blood upon the hands of lady liberty.

    As well, regardles of Irans outcome, their faith to Islam will never vanish, and it should not. Nor will the radical groups who feel Islam is the way and the answer and death comes to those who do not follow the ways of their fathers stepping forward in the confines of ancient history. Spare the rod and spoil the child mentality.

    June 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  5. Em

    they are soooooo brave

    June 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  6. cynthia

    YEA they will win cause they deserve the freedom
    its very sad how no one is helping well we have walks on pacific every day at 6'o clock try to join we just wanna show that we care too. Thank you.

    June 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm |