Is There Trouble Brewing In Iran’s Military?

The Iranian army has arrested at least 36 officers who were so furious at the brutality of the crackdown on demonstrators that they planned on Friday to attend the sermon of Hashemi Rafsanjani in which he sharply condemned the actions of President Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah Khamenei. The officers wanted to offer a show of solidarity with demonstrators and planned to wear their uniform at the sermon. There are also reports a senior revolutionary guard commander, General Ali Fazli, is under arrest for refusing to obey orders to attack demonstrators. Stories concerning a desire among members of the military to obey orders are a symptom that President Ahmadinejad never received the 60% of votes he claimed and that a substantial part of the Iranian people want their voices heard.

Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad can continue ruling, but underneath the cover of suppression and brutality is arising a new fury led by people who seek an Iran based on principles of the Muslim religion and democracy. Perhaps, it will take months or years before the explosion erupts, but it will eventually come to the surface.