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Iran: between reaction and revolution

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ‘Supreme Leader’ of the Iranian dictatorship, has told demonstrators to stop or be slaughtered.

Will the millions on the streets defy him and show they are the power, not him? 

This threat of mass murder raises firmly the question of the way forward for the revolution. 

The reforming clique in Iran, gathered around Rafsanjani and Mousavi, fears the masses as much as Khamenei and Ahmadinejad.

That is probably why they have cancelled every demonstration so far that has been called, to little effect. 

Khamenei’s threat likewise may have little impact, and force the demonstrators to see him a part of the enemy that needs to be overthrown.

But the hard right has signaled it will not recognise the people’s demand for democracy.  How will the masses respond?

Further demonstrations will see bloodshed.  Let us hope the streets are so filled with demonstrators that it is the blood of the security forces and their masters.  But that may be a case of hope triumphing over reality in my mind.

The choice is no longer between reaction or reform.

It is between reaction and revolution.

The real hope lies with the working class as working class striking for democracy.

It was the Iranian working class which overthrew the Shah.  It is the Iranian working class which can overthrew this dictatorship.

The question is will they.

Are they divided?  Perhaps, but their interests as workers do not lie with either Mousavi – the former PM responsible for 60,000 Iranian deaths – or Ahmadinejad.

Their basic interests lie with democracy and the rights that go with it, including to organise and strike, and form political parties representative of their interests.

In raising these demands and striking for them (if they do) workers can realise their own strength and go further than mere bourgeois democracy by setting up shoras or democratic councils to run society in the interests of the vast majority.

But the left is small, and mired in the wreck of stalinism and the backwardness of nationalism.  Again, just as they did in 1979, some argue Iran is not ready for socialist revolution and so workers must form alliances with the ‘progressive’ bourgeoisie. 

Reality check. None of the bourgeoisie want democracy in Iran. 

Reality check.  Iran is ready for workers’ revolution.

When the left adopted its historically criminal position in 1979 they allowed the present faction of the ruling class to steal the workers’ revolution and impose their Islamic dictatorship. They must not do so again.

It is not clear what the working class thinks.  They may be divided in their support for the two ruling class factions, but united over democracy. 

The demand for democracy has the potential to unite the poor and better paid workers and drive the Iranian dictators into the sea.



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