Can the Iranian Regime Save Itself From a Pro-Democracy Movement by Shutting Down the Internet?

There is no doubt that Ahmadinejad, and the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran have been seriously watching the civil unrest, protests, riots, marches, days of rage, and pro-democracy movements sweeping North Africa and the Middle East region. It appears that they are quite worried for the longevity of their own regimes. So their brilliant concept has been to shut down the Internet, disallowing their citizens from using social networks, e-mails, or other communication from outside the country. Will this work? Can the Iranian regime really save itself by censorship?There was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, May 28, 2011 by Christopher Rhoads and Farnaz Fassihi titled; “Iran Vows to Unplug Internet – Censorship Inc.” The article explained that in Iran about 10 or 11% of the people are Internet users, and that the Ayatollah Khomeini had said that Iran is having a “Soft War with the West,” and therefore they are planning on setting up a private Internet system, which might be similar to China’s “Great Firewall” as we often refer to it here in the United States.The article stated; “Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world.” Apparently, Iran believes that they can somehow censorship their entire society, and prevent anyone from inside their country communicating with anyone outside of their nation. And if they also censorship news, they can prevent any of their citizens from seeing what is happening in other Arab nations or in North Africa with the pro-democracy movements.Iran must be quite troubled with what’s going on in Syria now, and if that regime collapses, you can bet Iran will be next. With or without any help from the Western world, or online social networks like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or any of the others. It won’t take any outside assistance at all for that to happen. On one hand Iran claims that it is not afraid of an attack by Western powers or even its neighbors in the form of missiles, weapons, stealth fighters, or naval attack – and yet on the other hand Iran fears the Western World influence, it fears ideas of freedom and democracy, it is fearful of communication, and it is afraid of anything it can’t control.Will Iran’s strategy work? Do they really think it’s that easy? Does Iran really feel as if it has that much control, and has that much nationalism to put down large pro-democracy movements? It is interesting that Iran feels that with its elections (my opinion they are staged to a large degree), and it’s Republic hierarchy that it is actually set up better than any of the other Arab nations, and that it is serving the will of the people, and therefore it has nothing to worry about if left to its own devices, under the current leadership. In my view, this is false thinking.And if the Iranian people want to get onto the Internet, and the Western world or Iran’s neighbors decide they wish to get information in, it is quite easy to use satellites and beam the information down from the Internet in a WiMAX type scheme, or set up multiple Wi-Fi relay stations to the satellite. A few years back when Iran had their elections, the Iranian government was afraid in Tehran that satellite TV was getting in from the US and influencing the vote, they therefore used microwaves to scramble any incoming signals, can you imagine the health problems of doing that?Because of that tactic during their previous elections, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Iran is moving to censor the Internet. What are they afraid of? It appears they are afraid of their own people, they are afraid of the truth, and they are afraid of the idea of freedom, liberty, and a nation void of tyrannical government and Machiavellian rule, because that’s the only way they know how to run things. Their paranoia and fear speaks volumes of their true predicament, and the serious nature of a rotten regime losing its grip (my opinion). Should we have expected anything else?North Korea does the same thing, Cuba had tried it, Venezuela’s leader has attempted to curtail not only the Internet, but has succeeded in closing down private TV news stations, newspapers, and radio stations too. The reality is that information will always find a way, and this move is likely to backfire on the regime, and actually create the very protests they are so worried about. This is a total provocation of the unhappy populace, at a time of economic strife, and being isolated from the world. If Iran goes through with this they will have put themselves in a no-win situation, and their regime will fall, maybe not today or tomorrow, but it will crumble.Interestingly enough, Iran is using the Internet to hack into the computers and communication systems of IAEA inspectors, and the computers of the US military, and they’ve been caught trying to hack into neighboring nations’ computer systems in the Middle East. They claim they are protecting their citizens by closing off the Internet from hackers and viruses.However it appears that Iran is actually sponsoring hackers, and we know they currently sponsor International Terrorist Groups (Hamas and Hezbollah) and that perhaps, and this is only my opinion, their style of leadership could in fact be likened to a virus on all of humanity. Of course, this is just one man’s opinion, so I ask that you please consider all this, and think on it.Do your homework, come up with your own opinion and then you may shoot me an email, because my government doesn’t censor my words. That’s because I live in the United States of America, where freedom and liberty, and free speech exist in the virtual world and yes, the real world too. For those in Iran, I ask one question, don’t you want to be free? You should try it, it’s great!

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