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July 9 Carnival of the Liberties

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"Now please. Time's up." Today is a day for worldwide protest by Iranians and their friends who want them to be free. As part of that, let's create one big blogosphere blast of support for freedom, courage, comprehension of what's at stake, and mutual understanding! Won't you join in? This shouldn't be seen as an issue reserved for the Right. I'm still taking submissions for your best post ever on the issue of liberty in Iran, and any blog can participate. E-mail joe {at} windsofchange. net any time today, with something that looks like this: bq. * Author name or pseudonym, Blog: Post title - permalink url. 1-2 sentence description, no more. If you're looking for it, Carnival of the Vanities #42 is here. Now, on to the July 9 Carnival of the Liberties....
HUMOUR One weapon we know the mullahs have no defense against. * Cox and Forkum's cartoon today says the pen is mightier than the sword. They're also re-running the "Mullah of Oz" cartoon today, along with a fine roundup of links that includes Mark Steyn's "It's Mullah Time!" * Chris Muir of Day by Day offers this cartoon submission. EVENTS * 1:17am (10:17 Tehran time) Back from the Iranian Students event in Toronto. Great event, turnout around 600 in the auditorium and probably 700 or so all told. Much of it was in Farsi, but I did finally get to meet Iranian blogfather Hossein Derakhshan and his wife, then go out for beer and lamb kebabs afterward. He spoke to the crowd in Farsi about blogging, and we may be seeing even more Iranian bloggers thanks to his efforts. In English, I hope - we need to build bridges. * At the Toronto event, Bahman Kalbasi pointed me to a great Flash collage with Iranian music accompaniment, with photos of what's going on in Iran now. See also Daneshjoo's photo gallery. * Asparagirl has event details for the June 9 protest in New York City, from 11:00am-2:00pm. Yevgeny of Yale Free Press has a report. Ken Wheaton has another, and some interesting observations. * Boomshock reports from the L.A. demonstrations. * Courtney is lucky enough to live in Austin, Texas, and she'll be chiming in later with a report on the demonstration scheduled there for 6:00pm, June 9th. Meanwhile, she offers a great set of links re: demonstrations around the world. * Oxblog notes that Reuters is reporting many protests being called off in Iran following information that the regime was planning a Tienanmen-type response. If true, it means the regime's brinksmanship has won this round. There will be others. * Looks like there has been some serious activity in Iran today. Instapundit has the details. * Kikuchiyo has some news reports to offer, along with some observational humour. Pay particular attention to the student leaders kidnapped by plainclothes vigilante squads after a press conference. Making fun of the vigilantes is fine, but everywhere else in the world people like that are called "death squads" for a reason. * Iranian blogfather Hossein Derakhshan is covering events on his English blog, and his Farsi one too. The Iranian government is now blocking his web site, however, as well as blogspot & persianblog. * M. Simon emails me to note that there's another VERY significant July 9 date in Persian history. Check out the origins of the Baha'i faith. He also says "their temple North of Chicago is beautiful. Totally wondrous... very welcoming." CULTURE AND UNDERSTANDING * I've got a special Guest Blog on Pejmanesque today. It came out of an interesting conversation last night at the rally: Many in the West see Iranians the same way many Iranians see Jews. Ain't no time to hate. Barely time to wait. * Note to all: it's "Ee-ran" in conversation. "I-ran" is what happened after you saw that bear. * Hossein Derakhshan is best known for being the Iranian blogfather, the primary reason so many blogs exist in Iran. Recently, he called for a huge brainstrom on "5 Things to Help Non-Iranians Know More About Iran," and asked for suggestions. Since this is the blogosphere, answers promptly fell into his Comments section like magic. * WhoMan has written a lot of good stuff, but his best may be one of his first pieces: Iran and Democracy. From quick notes about Iran's culture and economy, to the present crisis. * Steppenwolf may forever be known for this poem. It begins: "I am tired of all the bullshit I spent the last 20 YEARS with/ I am tired of this regime..." and gets more caustic from there. * Jim Davila offers collection of sites on the archaeology and history of ancient Iran, dedicated to the hope that soon they may be studied by Iranian and outside scholars in a free Iran. * Alan K. Henderson: Attention All Mullahs Of The Islamic Republic. Here's some cultural comunication from the other direction... Alan has a Rush album, and he won't hesitate to use it! * Our contribution is the Winds of Change.NET Iran Archive. From the Shahnameh and Sufi enlightenment to the influence of the bazaari class and reports on the present crisis. My favourite is this speech from Martin Luther King, offering hope to our Iranian friends. MEDIA * Calpundit is dismayed by the lack of media coverage: "I realize it's not necessarily the biggest story of all time, but you'd think they'd have something on their front pages about all this.... However, the mainstream media isn't the only place to go these days." In addition to CoL, he also links to Iranmania as a good source - which it is. * Not as dismayed as Porphyrogenitus, however, who is listening to the BBC as it practically sides with the mullahs. (Hat Tip: Instapundit) * Jeff Jarvis notes this difference as well. Mainstream media and the blogosphere have diverged sharply on the issue of Iran's importance. The only way that changes is if the majors get serious, because we're not going away, * Wind Rider of Silent Running: If a Tree falls in the Forest... We don't know what happened in Iran last night; the information spigot has either been neglected, or turned off. POLITICS * How do you say it better than Daneshjoo/SMCCDI's "To The Free People of the World"? You don't. * All kinds of great stuff today at Jeff Jarvis, including a permalinkble copy of the hilarious "Day by Day" cartoon! * Pedram of Eyeranian and Michael Ledeen are finally talking TO each other, not AT each other! Pedram answers Ledeen's question of how to help Iranians out, and it's the best statement of his views to date. American AEI neocon and Iranian ex-MKO bacheye markaziat leftist share intelligent conversation - where else but in the blogosphere? * Change from inside has one key complication: Iran's nuclear program. If the regime will not stop and is not dealt with from within, the USA will not sit quietly on the sidelines. Even if Rafsanjani meant his nuclear use threats as a bazaar ploy, they won't be taken that way in the USA and should not be. Israpundit brings together some links from WMD.com, Asia Times, and others, noting - "It's crunch time for Iran." * Andrew Sullivan writes about "Iran's Moment: How to Seize It." * One Fine Jay writes of Hope and Horror for Iran. "Back in mid-June I voiced my fears about the protests in Iran should they fail. Today, July 9th, let's make sure the world looks their way." * Meanwhile, another very fine Jay recalls a personal story in "For Iranian Liberty," about a beautiful young women he met who was sent to Kharg Island in the middle of a war. Uh, Jay, you wouldn't have a phone number for this woman, would you? * Speaking of Iranian women, Iraniangirl blogs from Tehran on the eve of July 9th: "Tomorrow...." Poignant, expressing the hope, anger and yes fear of Iran today. * Hopeful, yes. Fearful, maybe. But they are not alone. Dean Esmay is reprinting the Open Letter to the Iranian People. * Kathy Kinsley, meanwhile, is keeping track of who else is reposting that letter. * Chuck Simmins responds to an IndyMedia type: "As for the laughable notion that the only conceivable outcome of any democratic system is "tyranny". Piffle, I say! Piffle!" WHAT COMES NEXT * Speaking of Michael Ledeen, his submission is The Iranian Revolution, 2003: "The leaders are there, we just don't know their names and faces. But if we stick to our own guiding principles, and support the democratic revolution under way... we will get to know them soon enough." * On that topic... "Meet Iran's Future Leaders" looks at some of the key players in a post-theocracy Iran. I also recommend clicking on the left-hand "Articles by Author" box for Pejman Yousefzadeh's other Iran-related columns. * LaughingWolf offers a call for support, and some interesting parallels to 1776. * Tony Allwright sees a different parallel. "Unlike, say, Stalin, neither the mullahs nor the army have the stomach to massacre Iranians in their thousands. The most likely alternative outcome of the democracy demonstrations is a Czechoslavakia-style velvet revolution" * And then what? As Michael Totten notes: "When the regime is toppled you will have to face the age-old question that always confronts revolutionaries. What do you do with the king? Or in this case, the mullahs and their supporters?" * In Why Change In Iran?, WizBang says: "It is hard to predict what an Ayatollah-free Iran would become, but it is a safe bet that it would achieve stability and become a calming influence in the region far faster than Iraq." * We'd be remiss if we didn't finish with Pejman's now-famous (or is that infamous?) "Azadi, Arak, Esgh!" slogan.

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Tracked: July 9, 2003 6:59 AM
Carnivals for All from Electric Venom
Excerpt: Two excellent blog posts have coincided over at Winds of Change. First, the Carnival of the Vanities #42, neatly broken down into categories and in reverse alphabetical order because... well, Joe will explain it to you. While there, be sure to check ou...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 11:55 AM
Excerpt: AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 6:04 PM
Excerpt: In addition to running the Carnival of the Vanities, Joe Katzman is also running the Carnival of the Liberties, which will direct you to a load of valuable links. Go visit now. Joe may guest-blog at this site later on...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 6:17 PM
Protests in Iran from CalPundit
Excerpt: PROTESTS IN IRAN....Student leaders in Iran have called off today's demonstrations due to threats of massive reprisals, a fact that I learn only on the blogosphere. Jeff Jarvis comments, "There is surprisingly -- shockingly -- little coverage of the ev...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 6:23 PM
Why Change In Iran? from Wizbang
Excerpt: Overthrow of the Muslim fundamentalist government in Iran is the best hope for democracy in the Middle East. Why? Iranians have seen both sides of the coin. Most of them are old enough to remember the reign of the Shah,...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 6:24 PM
Why Change In Iran? from Wizbang
Excerpt: Overthrow of the Muslim fundamentalist government in Iran is the best hope for democracy in the Middle East. Why? Iranians have seen both sides of the coin. Most of them are old enough to remember the reign of the Shah,...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 6:26 PM
Excerpt: [I'll be adding to this page all day, so keep checking back for news/updates and links] Carnival of the Liberties Michael Totten: An Open Letter to the People of Iran Students stage hunger strikes Iranian students cancel protests in fear...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 7:15 PM
Liberty in Iran from Thought Mesh
Excerpt: Today is the big day for anti-mullahocracy efforts in Iran. Winds of Change has a good set of posts on...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 7:16 PM
Liberty in Iran from Low Earth Orbit
Excerpt: Today is the big day for anti-mullahocracy efforts in Iran. Winds of Change has a good set of posts on...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 7:35 PM
The Answer from Silflay Hraka
Excerpt: The 42nd edition of the Carnival of the Vanities is being hosted by Winds Of Change this week, who is also running a Carnival of the Liberties supporting the protest movement in Iran today Upcoming Carnival stops include; July 16th...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 10:53 PM
Iran from Occam's Toothbrush
Excerpt: Reuters is reporting that The Iranian students have called off the Massive protests planned for today, backing down in the...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 10:57 PM
Excerpt: The widespread (and potentially revolutionary) Iranian protests scheduled for today have been called off by student leaders in the wake of mass arrests and a threatened massacre. Iranian authorities managed to import enough thugs willing to kill their ...
Tracked: July 9, 2003 11:51 PM
Excerpt: Ain't no time to hate. Barely time to wait. Got some things to talk about, here beside the rising tide.
Tracked: July 10, 2003 1:16 AM
Excerpt: Joe Katzman of Winds of Change.net makes a profound and thought provoking post at Pejmanesque. Also, if you haven't done so, check out the Carnival of the Liberties that Joe is hosting. Excellent resources on the Iranian situation....
Tracked: July 10, 2003 2:41 AM
Excerpt: Interesting bits I have found: Hoder asks for, and receives, lists of five things that "you think would be useful for [a non-Iranian person] in order to find helpful information about Iranian culture, people, society etc. " Cyrus J. Faviar,...
Tracked: July 10, 2003 2:41 AM
more on iran from A Small Victory
Excerpt: [There are more posts and links here and here] I mentioned that I was discouraged with the lack of media coverage regarding what is going on in Iran. Jeff Jarvis writes: News judgment : The blogosphere's news judgment is evident...
Tracked: July 10, 2003 4:53 AM
Iran Roundup from LilacRose
Excerpt: As I'm sure you know by now, the events of today were as follows: The student protests were cancelled because...
Tracked: July 10, 2003 6:11 AM
Iran Roundup from LilacRose
Excerpt: As I'm sure you know by now, the events of today were as follows: The student protests were cancelled because...
Tracked: July 10, 2003 6:11 AM
Iran Roundup from LilacRose
Excerpt: As I'm sure you know by now, the events of today were as follows: The student protests were cancelled because...
Tracked: August 13, 2003 1:44 AM
Excerpt: Report on the Canadian-Iranian Student Congress for Democracy’s first event on the fourth anniversary of the pro-democracy student uprising in Iran on July 9, 1999
Tracked: August 13, 2003 1:45 AM
Excerpt: Report on the Canadian-Iranian Student Congress for Democracy’s first event on the fourth anniversary of the pro-democracy student uprising in Iran on July 9, 1999

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Dear friend
Thanks alo for the posting, I sent you the second clip as well, just one point about the number of people , the place was full, and there is 534 seats in that Auditorium, and we had people using extra chairs and standing, so I guess it was at least 600 people ...

Thanks again, Bahman

Joe:

Did you receive the e-maiil I sent inviting you to post on my site? Let me know.

You are so right that support for the Iranian Revolution should not be the province of the political right. Indeed, if the left believed what it claims to believe, it would be leading, not muttering. It's very disappointing, to put it mildly.

But then it was the same way when we fought the Soviet Empire, wasn't it?

I concur with both Mr. Katzman and Mr. Ledeen. There is absolutely no reason that everyone in the US, regardless of political persuasion, cannot stand up and uniformly support the Iranian students. The silence of the left on this should make me feel more virtuous about my right-wing tendencies, but instead I just feel sad, since it probably means Iran's struggle for freedom is going to be harder.

Since WOC contains the only left-of-center writers willing to support the students (that I've seen), I wonder if you guys would opine as to why the left hasn't stood up. The cynic in me feels that
1.) The first, most prominent supporters of the students were conservative bloggers like Andrew Sullivan;

2.) The mullahs' willingness to brutally crush protests mean peaceful protest will ultimately be ineffective.

3.) Force may be necessary.

4.) If Iran's tyrants fall, George Bush will receive much of the credit.

And 1-4 add up to 5, which is: Screw the Iranian students.

In any event, thank you for the position you've taken on this.

Gib

Gib, read up above and you'll see that Calpundit is part of our cited links. Yglesias has also weighed in on this topic, as has Amygdala. They ain't chopped liver.

Having said that, I'm not seeing Atrios, Kos, or other major names on the Left covering this, nor have I over the last few months. As for inbound links to this roundup, despite even promotion it's an off-the-scale disparity. Interest does seem to concentrate mch more intensely among the Iranian cultural blogosphere, and the right-wing/centrist blogosphere.

So, there is support on the Left, but it's limited to the left-centrists and often seems either grudging or opposed beyond (see the post above re: the BBC, for instance). It is disappointing, but rather than curse it I choose to cherish those who do stand up in the hope that they will produce more. Perhaps they will.

And yes, Michael, it was the same when we fought the Soviet Empire... the difference is that we're now the only side standing that seriously preaches revolutions for freedom, so the disparity in reactions within the West is thrown into much sharper relief.

As an aside, the fact that the neocons around me seem to be morphing into 60s type activists complete with T-shirts, e-broadsheets, rallies and guitars is deeply amusing, and presages a whole set of deeper shifts. More on that issue another day.

"...the fact that the neocons around me seem to be morphing into 60s type activists complete with T-shirts, e-broadsheets, rallies and guitars..."

Glad I'm not the only one who has noticed that!

Coverage of the New York Iran freedom rally on the Yale Free Press blog. http://yalefreepress.blogspot.com. Don't miss it!

Joe,

Thanks for the response. Drum & Yglesias are regular stops for me on my daily blog-tour, and while they've certainly touched on the issue, it seems to me neither has made any serious effort to whip up their readership the way they generally do on other issues. Still, they haven't ignored it, and it's not my place to set their priorites. Point taken. (I don't regularly read Amygdala. I'll give it a check after I'm done typing this.)

Posted a message of encouragement to the people of Iran on my blog:

TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAN

http://eclectchap.blogspot.com/2003_07_06_eclectchap_archive.html#105778348458255241

The Eclectic Chapbook
http://eclectchap.blogspot.com

What's frustrating is that there are still many of our friends and colleagues who don't understand the gravity of the situation in Iran - what a successful democratic revolution will mean for the Iranians themselves, the Near East as a region, and the entire world still in the clutches of totalitarians.

As part of my own meager show of solidarity with the reformers, I posted a graphic anthem today that I'd put together over a year ago. Sure, it's sentimentally arduous - but I meant what I said and I still do today.

A buddy of mine took one look at it and dismissed both the gesture and the idea of Western encouragement as "fanfare."

He's a good guy but he, like many today, chooses to remain impassive to the event - goodness knows why. Apathy in the free world is indeed enervative. We'll need to be twice as loud.

Under the criticism, though, I almost did feel like the "neocon" pseudo-radical that you described, Joe. A...progressive conservative.

Very well put, yes, at least this part of the post-modern world is coming into sharper definition.

You really stung me with that bit about tee shirts. Just today I bought one at the rally at the Capitol, which, by the way, was a wonderful event. So many people, Dems and Pubs, all working for freedom.

And guitars, Michael? Our rally had guitars....

rats. I didn't see a single one. Gotta get the RNC to work on it, I suppose :=)

Many of us agree that 'ideas' represents an anemic effort by theU.S. in dealing with Iran and other Middle East countries - and a few others. Pushing a concept of 'democracy' is rightly perceived as merely 'political,' not foundational, and thus unacceptable under their philosophical and religious criteria. It appears shallow compared to America's true potential offering to the world out of our unique founding and creative-growth values and inventive experience.
The definitive in human nature is the individual ability to make choices. (Is there any other kind of human? 'Groups' are verbal conveniences - not Reality.) ALL humans share in this true depic-tion of our nature. The human being is earth's choice-maker.
Such a valid assertion undercuts every man-made alien opinion andis verified everywhere on planet Earth - daily. Thus, nature itself has laid the foundation for every human relationship, institution,and social act. After all, the creative process is a choice-making process and functions best in an environment of opportunity - Freedom.
What are our leaders waiting for? Mr. Jefferson's statement, "all men are endowed by their Creator with...Liberty" says the same thing.(Liberty is internal - the ability to choose. Freedom is external - the opportunity to choose.)
In public, private, and Christian schools, I taught my 5th graders for over 30 years, it is as natural a requisite for Earth's choice-maker to need Freedom as for a gold-fish to require water.
My choicemaker-based civics workbook (Gr. 5-8) won numerous awards in the '60's and was placed in the Eisenhower Presiden-tial Library, Abilene, KS, by "Ike," himself.
Isn't it time for a universal "Season of Generation-Choice-maker" to flower world-wide and bear fruit? Cyrus the Great and Mr. Jefferson would both choose to agree. I trust you and others will also choose to agree. Please take part in placing this concept before our nations and before your neighbors for the youth of Iran.
Always Faithful,
Jim Baxter
Santa Maria, CA
For the complete statement, see:
"What is man...?" Earth's Choicemaker
Peace is not a Cause -- it is the Effect....
* * * *

Remember....
Your human Rights are NOT a grant of man or government. They are a gift, an
endowment from the Creator GOD, to His human Creation. Any person or system
which opposes your free-will Rights is opposing the God who gave them to you. ALL
tyrants are in opposition to GOD and nature! Humans, made in His definitive image,
must be free to fulfull GOD's purposes in making each one an agent of His Freedom.
DO NOT give any credit to any man-made system for what only the Creator GOD
has done.

The next time you see or hear a cleric of ANY religion wave a 'holy' book and
claim to speak for the GOD of your creation -- and opposes Individual human Rights
-- you will know that he is a FRAUD and does not deserve respect or obedience.
Thus, you were born to be Free! The creative process is a choice-making process.
Now, live it!

The complete article is at:
"What is man...?" God asks -- and answers: Earth's CHOICEMAKER
http://www.geocities.com/James-Baxter/

Always Faithful
Jim Baxter
Santa Maria, California USA

P.S. The way we define 'human' determines our view of self, others,
relationships, institutions, life, and future. Choose wisely....there will be
results.

* * * * *

CONTEMPORARY COMMENTS
"I should think that if there is one thing that man has
learned about himself it is that he is a creature of
choice." Richard M. Weaver

"Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and
impulses; he can rationalize his behavior. He arranges
his wishes into a scale, he chooses; in short, he acts.
What distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he
adjusts his behavior deliberately." Ludwig von Mises

"To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be
presumed that the human being is responsible for his
actions and responsibility cannot be understood apart
from the presumption of freedom of choice."
John Chamberlain

"The advocate of liberty believes that it is complementary
of the orderly laws of cause and effect, of probability
and of chance, of which man is not completely informed.
It is complementary of them because it rests in part upon
the faith that each individual is endowed by his Creator
with the power of individual choice."
Wendell J. Brown

"Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered
universe. They believed themselves to be a part of the
universal order of things. Stated another way, they
believed in God. They believed that every man must find
his own place in a world where a place has been made for
him. They sought independence for their nation but, more
importantly, they sought freedom for individuals to think
and act for themselves. They established a republic
dedicated to one purpose above all others - the preserva-
tion of individual liberty..." Ralph W. Husted

"We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching
that we can choose either to accept or reject the God
who gave it to us, and it would seem to follow that the
Author of a liberty so radical wills that we should be
equally free in our relationships with other men.
Spiritual liberty logically demands conditions of outer
and social freedom for its completion." Edmund A. Opitz

"Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the
worse that has made possible life's progress."
Charles Lindbergh

"Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for
oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibil-
ity of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not
a man but a member, an instrument, a thing."
Thomas Jefferson

THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER
Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son
of man that You visit him." Psalm 8:4
A: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against
you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing
and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and
your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19

Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that you are mindful of him?" Psalm
144:3
A: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose
for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the
gods which your fathers served that were on the other
side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose
land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will
serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is
born of a woman, that he could be righteous?" Job 15:14
A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He
teach in the way he chooses." Psalm 25:12

Q: "What is man, that You should magnify him, that You
should set Your heart on him?" Job 7:17
A: "Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his
ways." Proverbs 3:31

Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son
of man that You take care of him?" Hebrews 2:6
A: "I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have
laid before me." Psalm 119:30 "Let Your hand become my
help, for I have chosen Your precepts." Psalm 119:173

References:
Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23
Isaiah 7:14-15; 13:12; 61:1 Amos 7:8 Joel 3:14
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Psalm 119:1-176
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