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Despite the declaration that came from the Supreme Mullah Leader, Ali Khamenei that all demonstrations need to end, demonstrations and protests continue, although they have become smaller in size. These demonstrators face the crackdown of the police, beatings and death.
But as in any sea changing or seminal moment that begins in a society, they are standing up to those that would beat them down in their reach for a democratic government.
The press has been thrown out, and attempts have been made to limit the use of any social networks to get the story out. It has not worked, as seen in the following slide show. Ask yourself why the signs are in English. Are they reaching out to the other Iranians in country, or are they reaching out to us?
There are demonstrations going on around the world in support of the uprising including at the United Nations in New York.
The assumption has to be that in the near term the government of Iran will do whatever it takes to beat the uprising back to maintain theocratic power. The key is that the seed for change has been planted.
Can this movement push change through without violent revolution? Can they push change through without the momentum for change spreading throughout the entire country? To what lengths will the government of Iran and it's allies go to quell the call for a democratic, non-theocratic rule of law? Other country's in the region that govern along the same lines, who have populations that are watching how this turns out, also have a vested interest in seeing this uprising beaten down.
Reports out of Tehran say that besides the diminished participation in the protests, life just beyond it is going on unchanged. There is worldwide outrage at what is going on, but that outrage has to spread throughout Iran.
The seeds of change have been sown, but in a country that is ruled by leaders that will use any methods necessary to put down the unrest, another catalyst will unfortunately be needed that will bring those satisfied with the status quo over to the other side.
This will mean more violence, bloodshed and loss of innocent lives. It is very easy for those of us not involved, and who are living in freedom and democracy to say that violent change will be required, but it appears that is the case.
What should the role of the United States be? President Obama has the opportunity to either support the uprising or to use rhetoric to try and persuade the current government to "back down" or face a roadblock in talks with the United States. Obama's call is for the government of Iran to allow protesters the right to protest, much as the United States allows people to demonstrate in the park across from the White House. There has got to be more. This represents an opportunity for the world as much as it is an opportunity for the Iranian people.
"The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights," Mr. Obama said.
The fact is that these demonstrations are about the ultimate winner of an election, with neither candidate being a very attractive choice. But that is the basis of democracy, as we very often see in this country.