2010
10.19

•The message of Ayatollah Khomeini, the man responsible for establishing the Islamic Republic, was recorded onto cassette tapes, which were duplicated in massive quantities.  Because of this he gained the overwhelming support of the country he had previously been exiled from.  This very interesting to examine considering the access to information granted to people through the internet, especially at this time when governing bodies throughout the world are attempting to restrict this access.  Beyond the conflict that exists with copyright issues, world leaders are concerned about the spread of information that would inspire actions similar to those of Iran’s in 1979.

•”The oil boom of the 1970’s produced ‘alarming’ increase in inflation and waste and an ‘accelerating gap’ between the rich and poor, the city and the country”.  It seems that wherever there is any sort of general outcry from the public there is also an economic injustice being done.  The regime of Pahlavi had long been violating the beliefs of an overwhelming amount of the public and now there had come a time when these same people were unable to care for themselves or their families because of the rapid growth of inflation and the scarcity of funds.  This phenomenon only added the frustration of the Islamic population, thus accelerating the sentiment of revolution.  Once your paycheck is no longer sufficient to fill your needs, you have a serious problem on your hands.  With the economic downturn we’ve seen in our country over the past few years, it’s relatively easy to comprehend how such a revolution might have occurred.  Though our struggles are nowhere near the magnitude of those which existed at this time it’s vital for people to be aware of these situations and how they often unfold.

sources:

http://www.iranchamber.com/history/islamic_revolution/islamic_revolution.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Revolution

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