Persian courage

In most popular uprisings against tyranny, there is a time when security forces are faced with a decision whether or not to open fire on their fellow citizens. So much hinges on this moment. In Serbia, for example, they didn’t, and Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown.

As much as I’ve wanted to believe that the popular will of most Iranians for a more decent and democratic regime would prevail in that country, my optimism has always been tempered by the repeatedly demonstrated reality that the thugs in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Basij will open fire; will massacre their own people; will arrest, torture, and rape; will do whatever it takes to stay in power.

This stunning video has given me new hope. A gunman opens fire on a crowd of protesters. They continue to advance.