Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Professor Paul Rahe on Iran Uprising

Power Line has published comments on the Iran uprising from Paul Rahe. He is a Professor of History and Political Science at Hillsdale College, and the author of Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect. :
From all of this, the supporters of George W. Bush's policy in Iraq should draw consolation, for the elections that took place in that country under the American aegis contributed mightily to the discontent in Iran. The people of Iran were witness to the emergence within Iraq of a secular republic sponsored by an Iranian cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, possessed of an erudition and an authority rivalling and arguably surpassing that of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They were witness to elections that were really free and to public debate open in ways that debate within the Islamic Republic is not. Morever, in Quom, the stronghold of the Shiite clergy, the clerics who most fully command respect have long rejected, as contrary to Shiite tradition and the interest of Islam, the path of direct clerical rule pursued by Khomeini.
Read the whole thing at the link.


Tim said...

Interesting. 'Cept I've never seen a demonstration, march or uprising in favor of Bush and his actions.

I've seen massive anti-war, pro-Obama demonstrations though.

Again, these demonstrators, as I have seen, are more likely to be tattooed with Che, not Bush. Go figure.