Tehran Dispatcher OK: Will Have Op-Ed in Tomorrow’s New York Times


nf00027301-2.jpgFor about a day, I have been quite worried about the “Anonymous Student in Tehran” who was sending important dispatches to us of what he was seeing convulsively unfold in Iran. He had been quiet all day.
But we’ve just had a set of exchanges, and he’s OK. I just learned that he will have an op-ed in tomorrow’s New York Times under the pseudonym “Shane M.”
“Shane M.” also discussed what he’s been seeing on today’s “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio. You can listen to him at the link.
So, our anonymous dispatcher is getting an even wider audience for his richly detailed, captivating observations.
Here is something he shared tonight:

It’s 4:30 in the morning and I’m still in front of the computer…I just can’t keep up. I pray that we don’t hit disaster following the Guardian Council decision.
I don’t think that the people will give up…it may all come down to what Mousavi decides to do. I attended a meeting of Mousavi supporters two nights ago and the report was that the man was standing strong (that’s the “Turk” I was talking about…), but I wonder if he will continue to do so if the answer is “no, you lost.”
Will these three men, Karrobi, Mousavi, and Rezaei step aside, like Gore in 2000?
Thanks for spreading the word. A revised version of the last piece is, insanely, going to get published in the NY Times tomorrow.
Please, please use all of your considerable influence to stop this silliness about “North Tehran/the Iranians were fooled.” A friend told me that Joe Klein went on CNN today with a version of this bogus narrative and everyone was so impressed. I just don’t understand it.

More tomorrow from “Shane M.”
(photo credit: Madyar’s blog)
— Steve Clemons


7 comments on “Tehran Dispatcher OK: Will Have Op-Ed in Tomorrow’s New York Times

  1. Carroll says:

    I am not convinced of anything on either side. I think it is possible the election was close. But neither side has proof of anything and probably never will.
    When I saw Steve’s post that an “anonymous student” whose creditability or identity, as far as I know hasn’t been established by anyone, is going to have an op-ed in the NYT I literally laughed out loud….Elvis lives!
    Such is the state of the US MSM. If that’s not a red flag I don’t know what is.
    And oddly enough as I type this, a “service message” just came on the Faux news channel saying… “”We must isolate Iran to prevent them from developing a nuclear weapon and keep America safe!””.. complete with pictures of the WTC in flames. LOL.
    I am satisfied that Obama is mostly keeping the US out of this.


  2. J. Zas says:

    The dictators have many things in common and doesn’t matter of what region of the world they belong to. They don’t care their people,they used them,they are liar,they cheatting.They don’t believe in religion or in any kind of system,they are hidden behind all of these, with the only reason to keep them in power, if they have to kill, they do, without any remorse.I can talk about this, I was living for 24 years under one of those dictatorship. During these days, the iranian showed great courage to the world,for the only reason to leave in freedom.
    Iranians! from this part of the world, go forward!
    and faith in god. From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the best.
    Thanks for let me expres my fillings.


  3. aravir says:

    Why did Khameini go out of his way to compliment Rasfanjani in the speech? Is he afraid that Rasfanjani is gaining traction in Qom? Or is there a deal in the offing?


  4. Bill R. says:

    @ Reza
    Today Khameini gave his answer and destroyed any legitimacy the regime had. Now the question is, will the opposition be slaughtered? Will the army and the police permit that to happen? Will they participate in it? Will the clerics permit it or endorse it?


  5. Reza says:

    Carroll, “Rafsanjani” is only one of the most powerful men in the country. He is a former office holder, the wealthiest guy in the country, a very smart man, head of the Assembly of Experts that picks that shitty little Supreme Dictator who gave friday prayers today and told everyone to Get Over It, and he is our last best hope. EVERYONE in this scenario is a revolutionary–everyone comes from the overthrow of shah–the only “opposition” here is to people who are corrupt, like Ahmadi and Khameini.
    Find someone who can translate for you and watch the debates. You will see who the crazy guy is (Ahmadi) and who is the sensible one. There is NO WAY Ahmadi won–no way. They cheated because they wanted to stay in power, and Khameini has a personal hatred for the real victor, Mousavi.


  6. Carroll says:

    “Please, please use all of your considerable influence to stop this silliness about “North Tehran/the Iranians were fooled.” A friend told me that Joe Klein went on CNN today with a version of this bogus narrative and everyone was so impressed. I just don’t understand it.”
    Where did SC the realist go? Seems more silly to me to take this ‘popular uprising’ at face value (as if anything in Iran could be taken at face value) and I am amazed how normally analytical people are unwilling to look for or maybe admit other possibilities behind what’s happening.
    Personally I would like to know more about this guy…’Rafsanjani’..and if those 3 million students protesting are the same ones he is suppose to have his pocket.
    Three million Iraqi Shiites condemn Iranian regime, declare support for PMOI
    Monday, 16 June 2008
    NCRI – More than three million Iraqi Shiites signed a declaration calling
    for eviction of the clerical regime and its agents from Iraq and removal of
    restrictions imposed on the members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization
    of Iran (PMOI/MEK) residing in Ashraf City (home to the members of the PMOI
    in Iraq).
    *Rafsanjani family own vast financial empires in Iran, including foreign
    trade, vast landholdings and the largest network of private universities in Iran which are Known as Azad and these have 300 campuses spread all over the country. They do not only have large financial resources but also an active cadre of student activists numbering around 3 million.
    *As a young theological student in Qom, Rafsanjani, who hails from the rural
    deserts of southern Iran, became a fervent supporter of Khomeini’s radical Islamic ideology. With a penchant for business, the junior cleric established himself as a wheeler-dealer, cultivating ties with a range of anti-Shah groups and personalities. In 1971, he was arrested by the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK, and spent a few months in jail on charges of providing support for the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK) opposition group.”
    Obama is right to keep the US out of it.
    BTW…where is the free Iran activist who use to post here advocating regime change in Iran?
    Maybe he’s too busy twittering?


  7. questions says:

    With all of the intensity of emotion, all of the death and physical abuse, how will people come back down to earth again? The unraveling of tension has to be playing in the minds of all the parties involved.
    Repression of this kind of intensity does not bode well for any kind of long term stability. Failure to change institutions may be problematic, as the move from radicalism to governance is never smooth. Over-liberalization of religious strictures won’t play any better than will under-liberalization. The balances that need to be struck may well be impossible to find, and even dynamic equilibrium may fail.
    From the small things like replacing all of the smashed university computers to large things like memorializing the dead and rebuilding trust, there is much work to be done.
    I wish everyone well. And I hope that there are enough specific proposals floating around that Iranians don’t get caught up in disappointment and recriminations when reality and fantasy don’t quite meet. And, of course, they never do.


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