WHO WILL LEAD
I think the Students Movement of today in
The Students Movements that followed the 1953 Coup, and were
marked by the 16th of Azar, were basically driven by
the political groups in
Today's student movement is actually a part of a strong
intellectual movement in
The events of recent weeks in Iran remind me a lot of the last years of the Czech's Communist Regime, where old political groupings, and a most popular figure among them, Alexander Dubcek, lost their popularity quickly, as the movement got momentum, and Vaclav Havel, an author, unknown in the political circles, rose to be the leader of the new strong movement for change.
On the other hand, Reza Pahlavi's last speech, was taken seriously for the first time in many years, because he disassociated himself from the Shah's monarchy and wanted to play a role like Sihanok in Cambodia, where talking the most of secular democracy, and focusing on referendum for the future form of state in Iran. Sticking with the strong desire of Iranian people for a referendum and having intellectual supporters of monarchy, such as Shahin Fatemi to speak on his behalf, than staunch monarchists of Shah's time, helped gain support for his call.
In other words, the 1979 Revolution and 1990's Reform are fading away, and the old political alternatives have little credibility to attract any serious following.
Political groupings of the past are all trying very hard to be *the* alternative, but what is obvious is that people are looking for new leaders elsewhere, not among the old political groupings of the past.
People are looking for new leaders among the authors and journalists and among other intellectuals, the ones who have not been necessarily associated with any political movement.
What Iranian people are doing about politics,
is a new way of looking at political destiny of
Sam Ghandchi, Publisher
* The above article was first
posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup
**Attachment: A bibliography of Vaclav Havel: http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/vhavel.htm