There are two key elements to the Iranian Revolution that have been roundly overlooked.
First: women are the key. Forty percent of the protesters are women, who are fed up with the revolting misogyny of the Islamic regime. Forced to wear chadors, stripped of any rights, relegated to 3rd class citizenship, Iranian women have had enough.
They saw the electrifying presence of the wife of Mir Hussein Moussavi on the campaign trail. Zahra Rahvarnard is an accomplished political scientist, the author of 15 books, and a woman who loved to hold hands with her husband in public, a big no-no under Islamic law in Iran. The women of Iran saw this and smiled. And then they voted for her
husband. And then they took to the streets. And they were beaten and shot. The shooting death of "Neda," the young girl seen in the widely-circulated YouTube video, has inspired Iranian women to fight on---in her name. Interestingly, when she was shot to death by the pre-historic Islamic thugs, she was wearing jeans.
And the second key element: the people now have no fear. No fear of the regime. No fear of the consequences of their demonstrations. No fear of death for their cause of greater freedom.
That, more than anything, strikes fear itself in the heart of any dictatorship. When the people no longer fear you, you are powerless. And your end is near.
Perhaps the greatest irony is that a tyranny built on fear is now on the verge of collapse because the people have become fearless.