Amir Fakhravar has spent decades fighting for democracy in Iran, and years in the regime’s brutal prisons. He thinks President Obama should speak up for freedom.
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Fakhravar dismissed the view that such a statement would be exploited by the Iranian regime to discredit the protesters. He noted that even with Obama’s tepid reaction, the official Iranian news sources are reporting that America is behind the protests.
“Whether Obama says anything or not, Iran is still going to play that game,” he said.
To be clear, Fakhravar does not believe Obama should explicitly endorse Mir-Hossein Mousavi. He said students don’t really know much about Mousavi from when he served as prime minister in the 1980s, arguing that he’s become more of a symbol of the desire for change. “Mousavi is just an excuse,” he stressed.
With the Iranian regime hated both inside and outside Iran, Fakhravar believes it is vulnerable enough to collapse if protesters are given enough encouragement by Obama and other world leaders.
“If the young people in Iran can feel that kind of support, for sure they can fight,” he said. “And if they can fight, if they can fight for just one or two weeks, the Islamic Republic is going to be gone.”