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Mr. Musavi, Where Can We Find You?


The public got a seemingly rare glimpse of Mir Hossein Musavi (bottom center) at Friday Prayers on July 17.

The public got a seemingly rare glimpse of Mir Hossein Musavi (bottom center) at Friday Prayers on July 17.

Blog Mahandaily takes opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi to task for failing to reach out more frequently to the public:

Mr. Musavi, it was on BBC or VOA that I caught a glimpse of you last night. We miss you. But where can we find you?

Should we all just gather at your house to see you? (Farmaniye or Pasdaran?) Or should we all roll up to your office at the Art Academy? But that would create more trouble for you -- you would be divested from there, too.

Mr. Mir Hossein, at the time of shah, we were kids, living at the back of the heap. But we had a cassette player and would all gather to listen to the words of the Imam, the one you support all the time.

And 30 years later, with all the advanced technology of mobile phones and Internet that we have today, do you think you still don't have any proper medium for talking to people? Does that medium have to be located on the slopes of Jam-e Jam? For you to point your finger toward the impudent program host, or maybe it would be more fun with Ahmadinejad around??

I am surprised, Mr. Mir Hossein, that you have the example of [IRGC founder and subsequent critic of the Iranian establishment] Mohsen Sazgara -- who is half your size. We had a chance to visit his Google group; we became members, and since then our mailbox remains full of his e-mails -- we receive his sound files, video files. He sends enormous messages.

And that's not all. His supporters keep forwarding the same messages to us again and again. We read one and delete the rest.

[Sir], our nation is counting on you. They have their hopes on you. Loads of them have been tortured for you, been beaten for you, were shot for you, even I myself. Should I say more??

It's not good to embarrass you anyways. Mr. Musavi, this youtube was made for you.

Come and sit in front of the camera and say something. We would all hear you the same day or the next day (if you can't operate it yourself, ask [your wife] Mrs. Rahnavard to help you. But do talk to the nation; they need some encouragement from you, at least condolences for the martyrdom of their [slain 19-year-old demonstrator Sohrab Arabi].

Just come and make our future clear. When you don't talk to us, we don't know whom to follow. One says to go to Friday Prayers, another says No. One says to switch the heat on, the other says No. One says to boycott mobile phones, our heads could explode. To whom should we listen?

Mr. Mir Hossein, Mr. Musavi, the elected president: I am not a politician, but I understand that modern politics is completely different from the politics of old.

Now it's not about that hidden, sly-faced, iniquitous politician like Winston Churchill. This is about Obama now -- someone who wears a T-shirt, who is friendly and happy all the time, some character between a basketball player and a singer who would speak to you in such a friendly way, as if he were talking to his cousin -- but off course in a more stylish way.

This green movement of ours is as modern and as stylish as that. Its leaders should be like that, too.

They should be modern and, above all, they should be clean. People should know what's going on behind the scenes. But why behind the scenes? We don't have to hide anything.

When those people who can hear you even while you sleep are "out there," there is nothing left to conceal. Can't we know what our "brothers" know? Come on, Mr. Mir Hossein, talk to us now!

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.

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