Bernard-Henry Levy, one of my favorite contemporary philosophers, posted this blog on the Huffington Post on June 22, 2009. I am giving you excerpts of his blog in the hope that you will read the entire post on Huffington.
I added pictures that were taken at a demonstration in Zurich by Christian Hartmann, Reuters.
Whatever happens from this point on, nothing will ever be the same in Tehran.
Whatever happens,if the protest gains momentum or loses steam, if it ends up prevailing or if the regime secceeds in terrorizing it, he who should now be called President-Non-Elect Ahmadinejad will only be an ersatz, illegitemate, weakened president….
Whatever happens, young people, who were believed to be enthralled by the principles of political islam and who a month ago, upon Ahmadinejad’s return from Geneva, had supposedly planned a triumphal reception for the president-non-elect, will have said, loud and proud, with an audacity matched only by their political intelligence, that the president shamed them….
Whatever happens, a body politic has been formed in the heat of peaceful protests-and even if it gets winded and loses steam, even if the murderers think they can declare victory, there is a new actor onstage, without whom the rest of the country’s story will not be written. Whatever happens, the beautiful face of Neda Soltan, killed at point-blank range last Saturday by a Bassidj henchman, the images of kids beaten to death by the attack squadron and motorcycle infantyr 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….
We always forget taht other revolution–the first… Lasted almost a year: Why would it be any different for this revolution, a democratinc one concerned with what is right, which has just taken the stage? The earth quakes in Tehran, and it is only, I’m willing to bet, the beginning.
Bernard-Henri Levy, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernardhenri-livy/