Calm is not needed in Iran. Revolution is. Sad to say, violence is part of that.
The desired end is victory for those who want a democratic, secular, egalitarian society free from the hatred, mysogyny and religious fanaticism which plague it now. The current regime needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs. Progressive forces won’t bring this about by being calm however. They will have to pay the price in blood and suffering if they are to succeed. We must all be vociferous in our support of them if we really want change.
Especially President Obama and the Americans. Fat chance of that happening though. They don’t have the wit or foresight to see that regime change in Iran is in the best interests of the United States and the West nor do they have the courage to do anything concrete to bring it about.
Iran’s nuclear weapons program complicates matters. Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. Since Israel cannot allow this to happen, it will have to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future because regime change is not going to occur before Iran possesses the ability to annihilate the country. That the current regime will attempt to do so as soon as it can is beyond dispute, which means that a preemptive Israeli strike is more or less imminent. The Israelis understand that nothing the international community, including America, has done or will do will deter Iran and that a successful attack is essential for their own survival.
Who knows, perhaps that will encourage the populace to rise up, break the regimes back and bring about its downfall. Being the narcissist and revisionist he is Obama will probably take credit but the Israelis could live with that. Despite what they might say for public consumption the Saudis, Iraqis, Egyptians and much of the rest of the Arab world would be enormously grateful to Israel for removing the Iranian nuclear threat and ridding the Middle East of the lunatics in Tehran, which is far more important.
Now wouldn’t that be ironic?