For all intents and purposes, the revolution in Iran is a no-show. Too many people were frightened by the government’s brutal show of force, not to mention all the footage being shown on CNN of people dying in the streets. Can’t really blame folks for not wanting to die just because of a rigged election in which it didn’t really matter who won. There won’t be any real freedom for the Iranian people until they decide that the Supreme Leader no longer has the authority to tell them how to live. They have to be willing to part with their beloved “Islamic Republic” and demand a secular, democratically elected leadership. If and when they get to that point, they will have to be willing to face the Basij and other armed militias set against them by the ruling mullahs, and that will require more courage than what the student protesters faced in the 1979 revolution. This time, they won’t be able to talk the Revolutionary Guard into dropping their weapons and joining with the people. The Basij is a Frankenstein monster created by the Supreme Leaders of Iran to address just this sort of disobedience. I feel great sympathy and no sympathy for the Iranian people. They have allowed themselves to be led by these agents of the Dark Ages for 30 years now, primarily because they love their religion more than their personal freedoms. Until that equation changes, things will never change in that country and the rest of the Mideast.