by Chet Hardin
We have all followed the up-to-the-minute updates on Egypt's January 25 Revolution. (According to some old dude, it was caused by Facebook.)
And the revolution was a success of sorts. While a military junta isn't the ideal outcome, it was a success because it drove out a dictator of 30 years. It was a success because it forced the Obama administration to stand by its pro-democracy rhetoric. And it was a success because, while some of us were confused about how it would impact our lives, most of us learned the names Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed ElBaradei.
The spirit of revolution in the Middle East is alive right now, and it has been hard for even Americans to ignore it. Even before Tahrir, we all sorta even noticed that there were other uprisings in other countries that we never really think about.
And now, the spirit of revolution smoldering Iran has has reignited into flame again, and I'm wondering: Do Americans really have the endurance of attention to care about another popular uprising against a dictatorial regime?
There are reports in social media sites and non-state Iranian news sites of clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran, the Iranian capital.
Thousands of demonstrators were marching on Monday on Enghelab and Azadi streets [which connect and create a straight path through the city centre], with a heavy presence in Enghelab Square and Vali-Asr Street, according to these reports.
The AP news wire reports that according to eyewitness reports, at least three protesters injured by bullets were taken to a hospital in central Tehran while dozens of others were hospitalised because of severe wounds as a result of being beaten.
Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari, in Tehran, confirmed reports that security forces used tear gas, pepper spray and batons against the protesters.
She said up to 10,000 security forces had been deployed to prevent protesters from gathering at Azadi Square, where the marches, originating from various points in Tehran, were expected to converge.