Linked with Bahman Nirumand – Iran & Germany, and with Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in IRAN CASMII.
Published on Qantara.de, by Bahman Nirumand, February 4, 2004.
An excerpt: … The Lost Generation: Today, children and young people make up almost two-thirds of the Iranian population; these are people who grew up in the years immediately after the Revolution, or who were born in the years that followed. Around 40 million Iranians are now 30 or younger. They have never known any other world than the one ruled by the Islamists.
At kindergarten, at school, and during their higher education or vocational training, they were subjected to ideological indoctrination on a massive scale. In the first decade after the Revolution, the older ones amongst them included some of the most radical proponents of the ruling order, the most fanatical supporters of Khoumeini and the most embittered opponents of liberal and democratic values.
Many of them endorsed and even glorified the use of violence. In the name of Islam, they were prepared to wage jihad against Iraq, and to die as martyrs in the process.
Nowadays, however, it’s precisely these people who oppose the regime most vehemently. Anyone looking for the Achilles’ heel of the Islamic Republic can find it here; for what these young people aspire to stands in sharp contrast to the aims and ideals of the ruling clerics.
This generation yearns to live in freedom – without the ideological ballast, without the constant burden of a hypocritical morality and without their spiritual leaders’ demands that they hate the current Official Enemy (whoever that may happen to be). The young people of Iran want to think freely, to live freely, and to develop their gifts and talents as they themselves see fit.
In recent years, they have acquired access to the outside world, mainly via the Internet and satellite TV. Desires have been awakened that can no longer be satisfied in the Islamic Republic.
Disappointed by politic: … (full text).