Iranian opposition coalesce into a single movement

posted at 2:57 pm on August 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Far from stamping out the resistance movement triggered by a foolishly-rigged presidential election, the heavy-handed tactics of the Iranian mullahcracy has galvanized opposition to the regime.  The AP reports that all of the leading figures of the protests following the rigged election have agreed to create a single movement for change in Iran.  The show of unity will challenge Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ruling clique:

Iran’s top reformist leaders are all joining the “Green Path of Hope,” a political movement created to challenge the ruling system after a government crackdown crushed massive street protests.

The movement was created by Mir Hossein Mousavi, the top opposition candidate in disputed June 12 presidential elections.

Ali Reza Beheshti, a top aide to Mousavi, said Tuesday that former president Mohammad Khatami and defeated reformist candidate Mahdi Karroubi are joining the movement.

Beheshti is quoted in several reformist websites as saying that the “Green Path of Hope” will be a rallying point for the opposition to continue its campaign against the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which it calls illegitimate.

The unity is fairly impressive.  Two months after the protests filled the streets of Tehran, the various politicians — most of whom had been part of that same ruling clique — have avoided a power struggle of their own.  That demonstrates the fervor of their protests, and also how little this has to do with a clash of personalities between Mousavi and Khamenei.  It underscores the sincerity of the movement, at least for the moment.

Meanwhile, the regime continues its show trials and punishment for political speech:

Two prominent Iranian opposition activists have been hospitalized, one after being beaten by his jailers for refusing to attend trial, the other from a nine-day hunger strike, a reformist news Web site reported Tuesday. …

The defendants at the mass trial include a former Iranian vice president and other former senior government officials linked to the country’s pro-reform movement, French and Iranian-American academics, employees of the British and French embassies, and an Iranian-Canadian reporter for Newsweek magazine.

They are charged with plotting a “soft revolution” against the Islamic theocracy. The opposition denies the accusations and dismisses what it calls a “show trial.”

The Iranians have not yet gone quietly into the night.  The show trials will likely generate more opposition rather than intimidate the GPH movement.  The next few weeks and months should be interesting to watch.

Update: Khamenei’s response?  What Would The Mahdi Do?

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Hey, a green movement I can agree with for once.

Vashta.Nerada on August 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Iran’s top reformist leaders are all joining the “Green Path of Hope,”

At least it’s Green. Would you like to buy a windmill. Hold on, we’ll send Al Gore right over.

NickelAndDime on August 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

What will Barry do?

ICBM on August 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Update: Khamenei’s response? What Would The Mahdi Do?

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Dude, if there is one thing that can save Islam from itself, it would be Iran becoming a real republic centered around protecting the real rights of the people.

Count to 10 on August 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

God bless the Iranians and may they soon experience the meaning of the word ‘free’.

manofaiki on August 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Where do I send money…?

bigjack on August 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

What will Barry do?

ICBM on August 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Beg for the opportunity to talk with the tyrants.

Count to 10 on August 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Not gonna happen. Sorry.

The Calibur on August 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM

I knew that Cairo speech would pay off.

/sarc

NickelAndDime on August 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Oh please! Look at those Brooks Brothers crowds out there! Even the mullahs are over-draped. And check out the fake blood on that guy’s puncture wound. ~Nanci Pelosavi

Patrick S on August 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Are they trying to destroy Barry’s Presidency/photo op?

After all, it’s all about Barack Obama, you know.

All the world’s a stage and we are merely bit players.

Barry’s the star and he wants to negotiate with and fellate the mullahs. The piker opposition better back off.

NoDonkey on August 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM

At least it’s Green. Would you like to buy a windmill. Hold on, we’ll send Al Gore right over.

NickelAndDime on August 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Windmill~windbag

CMonster on August 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM

good, I hope they push it till it fruition of a free republic

Doctor Zhivago on August 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

You environmental rapists just don’t understand! The mullahcracy of Iran is the ultimate in green government. Talk about erasing environmental footprints… It is pretty hard to pollute when you’re dead. Besides, they have all the oil in the world and are still investing heavily into nuclear power. That is change even you can believe in.

CMonster on August 18, 2009 at 3:15 PM

And Barry is going to implicitly de-legitimize them by kissing Ajad’s nether regions!

elduende on August 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I can’t see ernesto in the picture, I guess he’s busy Twittering.

mudskipper on August 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Beg for the opportunity to talk with the tyrants.

Count to 10 on August 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

He’s been doing that all along.

MarkTheGreat on August 18, 2009 at 3:21 PM

You watching, Pelosi?

LibTired on August 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM

The Joker doesn’t know what the word freedom means.

tarpon on August 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Iran’s top reformist leaders are all joining the “Green Path of Hope,”

+1. Iran is was a great civilization, capable of much more, and has been held back for far too long by the mullahs.

NickelAndDime on August 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Beg for the opportunity to talk with the tyrants.

Count to 10 on August 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

He’s chatting with one right now, Mubarak. They’re discussing where Jews are permitted to live.

mudskipper on August 18, 2009 at 3:25 PM

We will torture and kill every member of the opposition. We have the votes.

/mullah343

LibTired on August 18, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Iranian opposition coalesce into a single movement

How long before Obama supporters call them un-Iranian and racist?

MB4 on August 18, 2009 at 3:26 PM

What will Barry do?

ICBM on August 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I knew a man, Objangles, and he danced for me
In worn out new deal shoes.
With short hair, a flashy shirt and fancy mom pants,
The old new deal soft shoe.
He tap danced so high, tap danced so high, then he lightly touched down.
I met him in a ward in Chicago, I was
So down and out.
He looked to be the Messiah of the age,
As he spoke right out.
He talked of hope, he talked of change.
But then he just laughed and clicked jackboot heels instead.
Mister Objangles
Mister Objangles
Mister Objangles

Dance!

MB4 on August 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM

What I can imagine Barry and Shrillary doing is sending resources to back the reformists….except they will stab the reformists IN the back instead by any means necessary in order to discredit and scuttle the reform movement.

Then they can continue insuring Iran gets nukes so that pesky damned Israel will be permanently…..’dealt with’.

Spiritk9 on August 18, 2009 at 3:33 PM

What will Barry do?

1. Send Hilliary to Tehran
2. Apologize
3. Send $, weapons, whatever to support the legitimate government against these Iranian astroturfers

gonegaltinstl on August 18, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Clearly racist demagougues.

Alden Pyle on August 18, 2009 at 3:35 PM

You watching, Pelosi?

LibTired on August 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM

+50

Laura in Maryland on August 18, 2009 at 3:35 PM

What a bunch of un-Iranian astroturfers. Better call in the SEIU to bust some heads.

RadClown on August 18, 2009 at 3:35 PM

What will Barry do?

Oh I forgot,

4. Send over some Acorn/SEIU to assist with public government security

gonegaltinstl on August 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM

What will Barry do?

1. Send Hilliary to Tehran
2. Apologize
3. Send $, weapons, whatever to support the legitimate government against these Iranian astroturfers

gonegaltinstl on August 18, 2009 at 3:33 PM

4. Get Axlrod to spam the sh*t out of them, the time for rebellion is over.

NickelAndDime on August 18, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The Green Path of Hope? Right.

Just another angry mob of evil mongers and Nazi sympathizers who are forming a fishy militia with the support of the GOP and Big Insurance.

Does anybody have the Iran flag-you, snitch address?

TXUS on August 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Barry and Hillary will soon be meeting with the current Iranian govt. about nukes and thus help legitimize them as the govt. in Iran.

Amateurs in the White House, Religious Thugs in Iran.

albill on August 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Best of luck to the Iranian opposition. I just hope our Dear Leader doesn’t try to hinder them.

rbj on August 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Iranian Astroturfers….. ha! You guys crack me up. Love it!

worlok on August 18, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Come on folks. Green is for islam. Get a clue.

The opposition in Iran is lead by clerics who were part of the 1979 revolution. The hope is that if they can lead a movement to topple the regime, the people will have a chance to make sure that the new regime is less totalitarian than the current one. These guys still want nukes and they still don’t particularly like israel.

gh on August 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Has this got anything to do with Iran’s supposed desire to talk to the west about nukes…all of a sudden?

Terrye on August 18, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Been said before but this thing went way past “flawed elections” a long long time ago.

And Obama is doing what?

Not even a peep of support for those who are marching in the streets, risking harm, demanding fundamental human rights, being harangued by government-paid thugs, being harassed on the internet, being portrayed as traitors by the legislature and the press, viciously attacked by the ruling Party….wait a minute, we are talking about Tehran, right?

Got momentarily confused with townhall meetings here. :-)

coldwarrior on August 18, 2009 at 5:11 PM

I hear the basij are having recruiting problems.

crosspatch on August 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

crosspatch on August 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Perhaps the Obama Administration will issue them H1B visas…use their specialized skills to augment ACORN and SEIU professionals?

coldwarrior on August 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Note to Mahmoud: Keep digging that hole, it’s gonna be a long way to the bottom when the people finally tire of you.

GarandFan on August 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Please God let the people of Iran overthrow these evil tyrants!

Tony737 on August 18, 2009 at 6:05 PM