Iran’s Green Movement Died

When we look at the first backlashes to the Charter of Green Movement we simply realize that Iran’s Green Movement has died . In fact, a new movement was born after Feb 14th. We could call this new movement “Real Change Movement” or “Civil Revolutionary Movement” or simply “Iranian Movement”. The outside world should stop using of ‘Green Movement’ term for referring to ‘Iranian Movement’. What Mousavi and his team have said in the Charter of Green Movement was totally unacceptable for many Iranians and showed the end and death of the Green Movement.

The charter of this “Real Change Movement” could be what the late Howard Zinn once said in one of his best interviews: “ Rebels Against Tyranny “. ‘Iranian Movement’ should be a nonviolent movement with a decentralized organization, without any centralized authority, that makes use of direct action and civil disobedience. ‘Iranian Movement’ should be nonviolent, because we cannot separate means and ends. If our end is egalitarian society we have to use egalitarian means, if our end is non-violent society without war, we cannot use war to achieve our end. But If we work through the existing structures we are going to be corrupted. By working through religious system that poisons the atmosphere, kills and rapes protesters, and resists any changes, we not only betray to our martyrs and victims, but we begin to corrupt our ideals.

Rebels Against Tyranny has many good points. Howard Zinn says: “In the South when black people were organizing against racial segregation, they did not wait for the government to give them a signal , or to go through the courts, to file lawsuits, wait for Congress to pass the legislation. They took direct action; they went into restaurants, were sitting down there and wouldn’t move. They got on those buses and acted out the situation that they wanted to exist …. Strike is always a form of direct action. With the strike, too, you are not asking government to make things easier for you by passing legislation, you are taking a direct action against the employer but the stupid Mousavi and the Islamic reformists in Iran, just wait for the despot to give them a signal or permission. Indeed, they are frightened of strike and any direct action, because they really want to keep the regime safe. Mousavi and his team proved this fact once again by publishing their Charter in this critical moment.

Howard Zinn adds: “You could not depend on government to help you, to support you … when you get into working through electoral politics you begin to corrupt your ideals. So I think a way to behave is to think not in terms of representative government, not in terms of voting, but thinking in terms of organizing social movements, organizing in the work place, organizing in the neighborhood, organizing collectives that can become strong enough to eventually take over —first to become strong enough to resist what has been done to them by authority, and second, later, to become strong enough to actually take over the institutions … when some people ask me about voting (And you know voting in the US was not comparable to voting in Iran at all ), they would say will you support this candidate or that candidate? I say: ‘I will support this candidate for one minute that I am in the voting booth. At that moment I will support A versus B, but before I am going to the voting booth, and after I leave the voting booth, I am going to concentrate on organizing people and not organizing electoral campaign’

And finally the great Howard Zinn said:” I think what lies beyond the nation states is a world without national boundaries, but also with people organized . But not organized as nations, but people organized as groups, as collectives, without national and any kind of boundaries. Without any kind of borders, passports, visas. None of that!

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