I was able to get a few hrs of sleep after probably 48 hrs of working the phones, translating twitters and so on. I'm hopeful that this is the end of the regime. The critical mass has been achieved i.e 2 million people who showed up in Tehran and thousands who did in other major cities of Iran. I don't think it is time for my personal reflections here any ways. And I am very confused by what I hear. If whats going on in Iran is not a revolution then I don't know what it is.
I am disappointed that the US govt has decided to sit on the sidelines and not show solidarity with the people of Iran against the regime. Not surprised though, Obama is capable of doing what tyrants do and it is in his character to side with the mullahs by being silent. The regime will be toppled, if and if only the armed forces join the people. Say Revolutionary Guards and regular army feel there is no need to stay with the regime and either join the regime or sit it out. So far, this has not happened and regime while shaky, has not shown signs of distress or fall.
You foreigners, you readers and listeners.... what you can do is to ask your respective governments to show solidarity with the people of Iran. Ask your MPs, Senators, Congressmen and other elected officials to condemn the Iranian regime and support the Iranian people. If this goes on for another 3-4 days, then we can all be sure that the end of the regime is in sight. Please don't let us Iranians down. Don't abandon us in this hour of need. Thank you!
I'll try to keep you all posted. In the meantime, if you like what I am doing you can contribute to my coffee fund. The coffee will keep me reporting. We all need to stay awake for the next few days.
Updated; Breaking News: 7 killed in Tehran anti-regime riots!
Michael Ledeen has great insight
ABC News report from Tehran - Video: "Do you want another revolution"? "Yes"
Ayatollah BBC analysis of Iran riots
Update @ 2:20am ET: Khamenei has announced he'll lead the next Tehran Friday prayer this week. This means his thugs will come out in the streets of Iran in millions. The Iranian people need to stay on the offensive but that can't happen if you and I don't support them from here.
Updated @ 3:30 am: Two aides to ex Pres Khatami are detained. The names are ex VP Abtahee & Mr. Hajarian - ((I believe this is an intimidation tactic being used to prevent reform leaders from engaging in anti-revolutionary actions))
Updated @ 4am ET: Russian bastards endorse Ahmadinejad
Updated @ 5am: Rumor has it that up to 16 high ranking revolutionary guard commanders detained for trying to join the popular uprising. No way to confirm this but if true, it means there's a chance to change the regime for good.