Well, this is where the story gets worse… Click here to see what Hot Air is telling us this morning about the Iranian students. This is one case where CNN does get props for having some crews that can report on the story.
I told you yesterday and day before to watch this. Now that the world knows about the rigged election, and the aftermath in the streets, we get to the real nuts and bolts.
The students represent the best hope of creating change from inside Iran that could topple the government, or at least force Ahmadinijad to halt his march towards centralizing even more power.
But… they didn’t REALLY expect to get much help from the current US government, now did they?
Also, interesting to note, is someone over on Twitter did post what MAY (and I stress MAY) have been the vote totals. This could be complete nonsense, but it is worth pondering. What IF these were close to the REAL vote totals?? Click here to see the post.
If these numbers are true, I guess we know now why there was such a campaign of oppression by the state police in Iran after the election.
Meantime, everyone on Twitter should be very proud. The medium seems to have proven its worth over this past weekend in some interesting ways. Since the Iranian government shut down the normal means of communication, it became the only way to get a glimpse of what was going on in the country. Lots of chatter contained inaccuracies, to be sure, but I know plenty of people who were tuned into the #Iranelection channel and found it to be informative.
Future despots around the world should take note. Unless they plan to ban mobile phones and other devices with network capabilities outright, it will be difficult to oppress a population to the extent that is needed to keep all information from reaching the outside world. That should give them pause, and make the rest of us happier that individual freedom has in some small part gained a foothold through the use of alternative, but viral (in a good way) media such as Twitter.
Here’s the article on that...Patrick’s writing is excellent.