A Hijacked Revolution

bkyser on Apr 2nd 2012

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Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/photo-irans-1979-revolution-was-democratic/254082/

If there was ever any doubt that the Iranian Revolution was intended to bring about a democratic government, the picture above will destroy that doubt. In the article that accompanies this picture, the democratic motivations of the 1979 revolution are addressed. The banner above, which reads, “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country,” is one indication of this. After the success of the revolution and the exile of the Shah, in March 1979, the Iranian people participated in an election in which 99% of the population voted for an Islamic Republic; however, that December, voters voted for a new constitution. After the implementation of Ayatollah Khomeini’s “Islamic Republic,” the notion that the revolution would lead to a democracy no longer existed. Westerners contributed this to the clerics “hijacking the revolution” and Ayatollah Khomeini’s lust for power. This article also touches on how the United States was still an enemy in the eyes of Iranians during the revolution as a result of the 1953 coup d’etat of Mohammad Mossadeq. This article, although short, presents the idea that during the 1979 Iranian Revolution Iranians demanded democracy and that after the events of the 2009 presidential election it is evident to see that many Iranians still hold these democratic dreams.

Associated Press, “Photo: Iran’s 1979 Revolution Was Democratic,” The Atlantic, March 6, 2012, http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/photo-irans-1979-revolution-was-democratic/254082/ (accessed April 2, 2012).

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