Iran Purging Liberal Academics

It looks like Ahmadinejad is attempting to start his own cultural revolution by purging the universities of liberals and secularists. And, like Mao's culurual revolution, the madman of Tehran wishes the purges to come from the bottom up.

He's encouraging students to purge the universities. It may seem infeasible, given the anti-regime stance of students, but the right mix of top down pressure and looking the other way when "extremists" "go too far" has been known to get results in the past.

This is worrisome because Iran's universities are the locus of opposition to Khomeinism, sharia, and religious conservatism. When we hear, as we do so often, that the Iranian street despises the ruling Mullahs, it is almost always university students giving those sentiments voice.

If Ahmadinejad succeeds in purging the universities, then the last best hope for peaceful regime change in Iran will have been crushed.


Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.

The president, in his role as head of the country's Council of Cultural Revolution, does have the authority to make such changes. But his comments Tuesday seemed designed more to encourage hard-line students to begin a pressure campaign on their own, thus forcing universities to oust the teachers.

Iran retired dozens of liberal university professors and teachers earlier this year. And last November, Ahmadinejad's administration for the first time named a cleric to head the country's oldest institution of higher education, Tehran University, despite protests by students.

UPDATE: PBS reporter ordered out of Iran. Given no reason, but she wanted to do an interview with the parents of student protester tortured and murdered in an Iranian prison.

HT: Howie

Posted by: Rusty at 08:33 AM


1 PBS NPR reporter Margrette Warner expelled from Iran too.

Posted by: Howie at September 05, 2006 09:07 AM

2 More jihad is on the way. It is probably best to go ahead and nuke Iran right now and get it over with. A few years from now suicide bombers armed with nuclear weapons will return the World to pre-modern status if we do not. And this is a prediction I feel very comfortable in making. All of us, liberal and conservative, Leftist, Rightest, whatever, will regret not taking action against Iran.

Posted by: jesusland joe at September 05, 2006 09:18 AM

3 A booklet entitled “Al-Jihad” (holy war) was found in the possession of Hezbollah operatives during the latest conflict in Lebanon and is most likely being used by other terrorists preparing for the next attack against us.
The booklet, presents the Islamic teachings of Khamenei, an ideology based on jihad and shahada...
Be sure to read it in The Terrorist's Nightmare blog and post your comments here.

Posted by: Joe at September 05, 2006 09:20 AM

4 I'm unsure of the dynamic that keeps the Mullocracy and Ahmadingleberry in power in Iran, because the Iranian people, by and large, absolutely hate them. I really don't think it would take much on the part of the West to topple that regime, and I can't for the life of me understand why we don't just decapitate the leadership and let the people have their country back. I've known many Iranians over the years, and they are great folks. Not only that, but they have in living memory a secular governmental model and a relatively free society. One of my Iranian friends was a pilot in the Shah's air force, and left when the Islamotards took over. You ought to hear him talk about the Islamists. Your ears would melt.

Posted by: Hucbald at September 05, 2006 11:12 AM

5 Stop Iran and you stop the terrorism. If there was ever any good Iranians they have left the country. Iran should be our STOP IT OR THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU. They act like rabid animals. Treat them like rabid animals.

Posted by: greyrooster at September 05, 2006 11:36 AM

6 Isolate them, cut off the food and resources they need to survive. Accelereate the drilling at Jack 2 in the gulf, and eliminate the need for Iranian oil. The price of oil will plummet. Their source of revenue will dry up and they will starve.

The rest of the world will not be enough to save Iranian oil consumption because we will not let a drop of it out.

Posted by: SeeMonk at September 05, 2006 01:58 PM

7 Just a thought, but if he wants to purge the universities of liberals, I was just thinking... can we get that guy as our President?

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at September 05, 2006 04:56 PM

8 Careful IM. Our academic meatheads may demand that we take them.

Posted by: greyrooster at September 05, 2006 08:21 PM

9 Yet not a word about it from the wacademics here at home (too busy hating Bush).

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 06, 2006 01:40 AM

10 I have a feeling that WARD CHURCHILL if he lived there would end up purged and so would 90% of americas liberal secular collage knownothings and now i,ll bet that evoltion will soon be banned in iran not a bad idea after all

Posted by: sandpiper at September 06, 2006 08:59 AM

11 Its like David Horowitz' heaven over there.

Posted by: actus at September 06, 2006 05:40 PM

12 "It is probably best to go ahead and nuke Iran right now and get it over with."

That'll certainly purge their universities.

Posted by: actus at September 06, 2006 05:45 PM

13 I hate these new words that have come up after 9/11.

Islamist- What a bootleg word. Call them what they are. That means they're either Salifist, Khomeinist, Pan-Arabist, Islamic Socialist.

Jihad- Like people know what this actually means. This means waging a struggle against an inner evil. Not holy war. No war is holy in Islam. So when you call someone a jihadist, that means they're a good person. So don't call them that.

Jihadist- What did I say before?

Anyway, we might just see a July 7th happen again. This time I think that PJAK, Jundallah, and the Arbav Martyrs of Khuzestan might stir up some trouble if the students revolt.

Posted by: Some Dude at September 07, 2006 07:46 PM

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