Feast of Fire


The blog world bubbles over with reports of riots, strikes, and protests across Iran, while the mainstream press is mostly silent. This might be a sign of really bad reporting in the old media, and it might be a sign of really wishful thinking in the new. Or perhaps both.

Well, I can wish with the best of them. Here's a stirring story filed today by an Iranian exile in New York. I hope the rebellion is as widespread as he says, especially this part:

…despite the clashes, Iranians enjoyed the celebrations. Music played; people laughed (which is actually banned by the mullahs); girls and boys were seen dancing together (which is also banned); girls lifted off their scarves. There was a general feeling of inspiration and dedication. And there was a special symbolic joy in the lighting of bonfires, using pictures of all the major mullahs.