"Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo
A number of posts have appeared here on the disillusionment of sections of the Iranian people with the theocratic and authoritarian government there. This was highlighted by massive demonstrations after the stolen 2009 election, which were brutally suppressed. It has also been mentioned on a number of occasions, that women seem to be at the forefront, owing to the oppression of Islam.
Australian men have understood for many years that getting our women really pissed off with us can have dire consequences, although it is understood that they are much more docile, compliant, and obedient in the United States and Great Britain. (Just kidding)
It now looks like Iranian chicks are developing the same stroppy nature their Australian counterparts have had all along. A couple of them beat an Islamic Cleric senseless, (assuming he had any senses in the first place) when he ordered them to cover up:
They may be a far cry from their Western counterparts fighting for the acceptance to breastfeed or go topless -- in public, but two girls clobbered a cleric recently in a small town in Iran when he admonished one of them to cover herself more completely. The cleric said he asked "politely," but the girl's angry reaction and some pugilistic double-teaming with her friend landed the holy man in the hospital, according to an account on Monday in the semiofficial Mehr News Agency.
Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the girls on his way to the mosque in the village of Shahmirzad for noon prayers in late August. He told one of the girls to cover up, the report said. "She responded by telling me to cover my eyes, which was very insulting to me," Beheshti said. So he asked her a second time to cover up and also to put a lid on what he felt was verbal abuse.
She hit the man of the cloth, and he hit the ground.
"I don't remember what happened after that," he said. "I just felt her kicks and heard her insults.” Beheshti, who emerged from the infirmary three days later, said he did not file a complaint against the girls. But he doesn't mind the local prosecutor's investigation into the matter either "as long as the case helps the cause of Islamic hijab.”In all seriousness though; these chicks have probably placed themselves in serious danger of severe penalties, possibly even death for their resistance to this old wowser. It is to be hoped they are safe.
The biggest threat the free world has to offer the authoritarian one is ideas, especially liberty. One of the hallmarks of tyranny over the years has been the need for vast propaganda efforts to convince their own people that the West was tyrannical, with downtrodden masses yearning for the joys of ‘liberation’. To a tyrant, liberty is a dirty word.
The main threat to free societies is that most politicians have delusions of relevance and believe they deserve a bigger role in the day to day lives of the citizenry, than administering those few matters that the people allow them. For this reason, Western governments feel the need for vast propaganda efforts to convince their own people that the government knows what’s best for them.
Oppressive regimes tend to believe the myth that fear overcomes dissent, but while the human body is fragile and easily dealt with; ideals of liberty are indestructible. We have observed with disgust the Iranian regime killing and brutalizing its dissenting people. Feel confident, it will lose in the end; then the real ‘Arab Spring’ can get started.
Update: 'The Australian' reports that this is a widespread and growing phenomenon.