... I think of a young man I met who said wistfully: “It’s normal for a boy and a girl to want to hang out together. What’s wrong with that?” The romantics are on our side and far outnumber the fanatics. We should bet on them, not bombs, as agents of change.EARLIER IN THE COLUMN HE WROTE:
One of the most pernicious misunderstandings in the West about Iranians is that they are dour religious fanatics.
About half of Iranians are under the age of 25, and Iran has done a solid job of raising their education levels. I was struck on my 1,700-mile road trip across Iran by how many of them share American values, seeking fun rather than fanaticism. They seem less interested in the mosques than in amusement parks (which are ubiquitous in Iran).
“Young people don’t really go to the mosques,” said a 23-year-old man in eastern Iran, cheerfully exaggerating. “We want more ways to have fun.” He said he drinks — alcohol is illegal but everywhere — and, until recently, used drugs. Iranian officials have suggested that perhaps 10 percent of the population uses illegal drugs, traditionally opium and heroin but increasingly methamphetamines as well.
This man had joined the 2009 democracy protests, but then, he said, he was detained and beaten for several days, losing a tooth in the process. That soured him on political activism, and, like many others, he now just wants to go abroad.THIS YOUNG MAN IS NOT GOING TO STAY AND FIGHT ANYMORE - BECAUSE OBAMA ABANDONED HIM THE LAST TIME HE AND HIS FRIENDS DARINGLY ROSE UP AGAINST THE REGIME.
ERGO: THE REVOLUTION OVERTHROWING THE MULLAHS WON'T COME WOTHOUT AN EXTERNAL PUSH.
A PUSH WE SHOULD GIVE ASAP.
KROSTOF IS THE DURANTY OF IRAN.
PREVIOUS POSTS HERE AND HERE.
DOES ANY SANE PERSON THINK IT WILL BE EASIER FOR IRANIANS TO OVERTHROW THEIR TYRANTS AFTER THEY GET NUKES!?!?!?
ONLY AMORAL LEFTIST COWARDS LIKE KRISTOF AND THE DURANTY SCUM AT THE NYTIMES BELIEVE THAT.