There are 45 million youth in Iran who have been trained their whole lives to be anti-Western; to believe there is only one God and Muhammed is his Prophet; that God knows what’s best for men and women; and that the Islamic clergy know best what God wants.
This The New York Review of Books article explores some of the gentle but innovative rebellion tactics of Iranian youth. A movement to overthrow a repressive regime will be far more successful if it bubbles up from disenchanted youth than if the U.S. tries military overthrow. Teens over there have a surprisingly positive view of America, but it’s also more complex than simple admiration.
What can young people in the West do to aid our peers overseas who dream of an open society?