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August 11, 2010

Iran in the 1970s


The 1970s in Iran resemble the 1970s anywhere else in the popular imagination. If Satan had not claimed the place, generations of young women could have warmed their toes in the sun as these women, their mothers, did before them. But Satan did claim Iran and half of humanity was consigned to the darkness at a stroke. Almost no one, not even the most committed counter-jihadis, truly understad how quickly it can happen here.

It is already happening here.

The Left demonstrate takes to the street to defend the Satanic imperative that took Iran. Feminists seeing these images would see them a grotesque examples of "patriarchy", certainly no better than being condemned to a bin liner.

This via Ace of Space HQ with thoughts on Sansabelt slacks; snark a last refuge for what is left of sanity in the face of elemental evil.

Related: "[Theo van Gogh] told me that the Dutch had an expression he held dear: vrijheid, blijheid. It means, he told me, 'freedom is happiness.'"

In the United States, it was Election Day when Theo van Gogh was murdered--the day when the country would choose either to keep in office the man who had sworn to fight Islamic extremism and oppression by spreading democracy across the Muslim world, or to be rid of him. What no one realized was that even before the polls had opened, whether George W. Bush won the election that day or not, that morning on the streets of Amsterdam, democracy had already lost.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 11, 2010 07:29 AM


The only faint scintilla of comedy in all of this is the legion of Iranian leftists and their supporters (C. Hitchens, p'raps?) who were shocked - shocked! - that their campaign to overthrow the Shah resulted in something considerably less enlightened than their fever dream of the return of Mossadegh from the grave. Sometimes leftists resemble mad people more than anything else. Those that weren't left to the tender mercies of the Revolutionary Guards are here now, mouthing the same "radical" canards by day and enduring troubling dreams by night.

Posted by: rick mcginnis [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 12, 2010 04:51 PM

When I was at the University of Florida in the early 1970s, large numbers of very attractive, chicly dressed young Iranian women, much like the ones in the posted photo, were visible on campus, courtesy of scholarships from the _evil_ Shah's government. I further remember that, almost to a man/woman, the Iranian students were vociferously anti-Shah, often gathering to demonstrate against him, while shouting slogans like, "Shah is a fascist butcher!" . . . "Down with Savak!" . . . "Shah is an American stooge!"

Having come to the U. S. as an exile from Castro's revolutionary paradise, my political delusion detector was naturally triggered by the revolutionary posturing of the Iranian students, and I would sometimes, in a low-key fashion, suggest to some of them that the Ayatollah Khomeini and his mullah-minions might not meet their expectations if they succeeded in overthrowing the Shah. Invariably, even the mildest expressions of skepticism on my part met with loud, indignant ripostes from them. I have often, and sadly, wondered what became of these fervid, idealistic young Iranians, especially the women. They were so fetching!

Posted by: Perera6 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 14, 2010 06:37 PM