It’s gonna be a bloodbath. An absolute bloodbath. The Guardian Council has backed the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Regardless of what the protesters and much of the rest of the world wants, the election wont be overturned, and Ahmadinejad is still President of Iran. There are protests planned for Saturday In Tehran, and the council has made it clear that they will tolerate no more from these people. The supreme leader, the Ayatollah has warned against demonstrations and it is believed he has given the green light to a crackdown on the protesters. This is, I believe the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.
That is, however only the case if the protesters, hearing the Ayatollah speak, are unmoved. Or are moved to fight anyway by their belief in a higher cause, that of freedom. I think there will be those who will beckon the call and fight for what they believe is theirs, but whether that number is going to be in the hundreds of thousands or not i have no idea. Time will tell.
If they do show up, then no one can really be sure whether to say this is going to turn into another Tiananmen square, where estimates ranged from 241 dead and 7,000 wounded all the way to 10,000 dead, or not. I want to think that cooler heads will prevail, but that seems pretty damned pie in the sky right now. And if the usual 100,000+ people show up, and they are ready for a fight, and the police and militia show up, and you know they are going to be read for a fight, this is going to be a bloodbath that may well make Tiananmen square look puny by comparison. I think the protesters can win, but that’s just me and my belief in the will that can be generated by the wish for freedom and the fight against tyranny. Call me crazy, but i think 100,000+ people with the will to resist (and hopefully be smart enough to bring plenty of assault rifles and other such “accoutrements” to the party) can defeat Ahmadinejad’s forces, and even if i didn’t I wouldn’t want to dampen that spirit and say its impossible to win.
A few words of advice to the protesters. If you are going to fight, give them everything you got. They aren’t going to hold back, so don’t you hold back. Bring plenty of guns, plenty of friends, and every ounce of crazy you got, if you show up, yer gonna need it.
This is it for me here, except for a few quotes. G’night.
Today’s Nuggets, by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Via Wikiquote: The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one’s aim. We all want to live. And in large part we make our logic according to what we like. But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. This is a thin dangerous line. To die without gaining one’s aim is a dog’s death and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.
All of man’s work is a bloody business. That fact, today, is considered foolish, affairs are finished cleverly with words alone, and jobs that require effort are avoided. I would like young men to have some understanding of this.