Iran's revolution turns 30

Since the cold day in February 1979 when the crowds stormed the police and army buildings and the Shah's last forces surrendered, Iran has been through a torrid time: war, terrorism, isolation, confrontation, sanctions. Most people in the West assumed that the Islamic revolution would collapse fast. Even a few months ago, the possibility existed that either Israel or America would soon bomb Iran. There was fresh talk of "regime change". Yet the revolution which has survived for three long decades shows no sign of going away. The vast crowds which gathered in Freedom Square to celebrate were good-humoured and reasonably enthusiastic.

2009-02-10

 Iran democracy freedom revolution Islam

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