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. AP:
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: Howie at September 05, 2006 09:07 AM
Posted by: jesusland joe at September 05, 2006 09:18 AM
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
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Posted by: greyrooster at September 05, 2006 11:36 AM
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
Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at September 05, 2006 04:56 PM
Posted by: greyrooster at September 05, 2006 08:21 PM
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 06, 2006 01:40 AM
Posted by: sandpiper at September 06, 2006 08:59 AM
Posted by: actus at September 06, 2006 05:40 PM
That'll certainly purge their universities.
Posted by: actus at September 06, 2006 05:45 PM
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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