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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Iran: Annual 'Cursing Great Satan Day' to be canceled?

Are the rest of you as amused by this story as I am?
Now the regime is pondering canceling the annual ceremony of "cursing the Great Satan" on Nov. 4 -- the 30th anniversary of the day in 1979 that Khomeinist "students" raided the US embassy compound in Tehran, taking hostage the diplomats who'd be held for 444 days.

The occasion has entered Khomeinist folklore as the second-most important date on the Islamist calendar, after Feb. 11, which marks the mullahs' seizure of power.

On Nov. 4, militants gather in front of the former embassy, long since transformed into a "Museum of American Crimes," to burn US flags and an effigy of the sitting US president. The rituals start with the reading of a message from the "supreme guide," calling for the "destruction of America," followed with vitriolic speeches by regime grandees, including the president.

This year, however, the democracy movement has served notice it intends to transform the occasion into a day of "opposition to despotism and terror."

Appeals on Web sites and via e-mail and phone urge Iranians to "turn out en masse" to show their rejection of "evil xenophobia" and support for free elections. Instructions for pro-democracy activists include replacing the traditional anti-US slogans with 12 new slogans targeting the Khomeinist regime.

Judging by the part of the regime's internal debate that's leaked to the public, three options are on the table:

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At 2:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Just like Iran's Al Quds Day this past summer backfired on the regime. But they can't help but remind the world the change of Administration in the US makes no difference insofar as its virulent hostility to America is concerned.

That's Iran's answer to Hopenchange.



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