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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bernard-Henri Lévy on change in Iran

"Whatever happens from this point on, nothing will ever be the same in Tehran," asserts French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy writing for the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera: "Whatever happens, the beautiful face of Neda Soltan, killed at point-blank range last Saturday by a Basij henchman, the images of kids beaten to death by the attack squadron and motorcycle infantry of the Guardians of the Revolution, the videos of the enormous protests, impressively calm and dignified, will have, via Twitter, circled both the cyberplanet and the planet. Whatever happens, the emperor has no clothes. Whatever happens, the regime of the ayatollahs is, in the greater or lesser long term, condemned to compromise or disappear. We always forget that the other revolution - the first, which, 30 years ago, put this Iranian-style National Socialism into power - lasted almost a year: why would it be any different for this revolution, a democratic one concerned with what's right, which has also just taken the stage? The earth quakes in Tehran, and it is only, I'm willing to bet, the beginning."

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