Thursday, October 19, 2006


Now here's an Iranian revolution that even President Bush can get behind:
"It is very easy to buy drugs in Tehran," 27-year-old A. told Ynet. He is well aware that drugs are banned under Muslim law but says that "it is permitted to smoke drugs and drink alcohol in parties that I organize."

He said police raided one of his parties once and arrested him and his friends. They were jailed for two days and asked to pay a fine.

His parties are held in a secret location in the affluent north of the capital. He says the south is poor and overcrowded.

"When I organize a party I tell my friends to tell their friends on the internet and by SMS," says A.

The head of Iranian Studies at the Tel Aviv University Prof. David Menashri sketched the changing trends in Iran: "There is life behind the veil. The Iranian youth is more secular than any Muslim country in the Middle East. The regime of the religious led to a rebellion in the direction of secularity and distance from religion. Young people dance at parties, leave for trips outside the capital and climb mountains at the weekend – they ski."

The Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards are in charge of enforcing strict Muslim laws and ensure the survival of the revolution.

"The Revolutionary Guards learned to live with this and today they are more forgiving to these things. Outside they behave like the regime wants them to, but at home they drink, go wild, and listen to western music. To a certain extent there is double life," Prof. Menashri says.

If the members of the Tehran posse could join forces with Michael Ledeen's Army of the Great Iranian Zoroastrian Revival, we might really have something...

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