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Gandhi's Legacy: Civil Disobedience Takes Off In Iran

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

When Leon Panetta, the new United States defense secretary, declared on September 6 that it was only "a matter of time" before an Arab Spring-style revolution came to Iran, it seemed to smack of wishful thinking.

Such predictions, after all, are hardly new from Western decision-makers eager for Tehran's Islamic theocracy to be blown away by the winds of change and replaced by a more amenable government.

The hope had been strongly felt -- if largely unexpressed -- at the time of the mass street protests that followed President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's tainted reelection in 2009.

And since this year's outbreak of popular uprisings that have unseated dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, and destabilized authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the Middle-East countries, there have been numerous expressions of desire for a "Persian Spring" to go with the Arab variety.

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Gandhi's Legacy: Civil Disobedience Takes Off In Iran

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