Date: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Now, a week after Mousavi’s 17th statement was issued, I can say with greater certainty that it has changed the tumultuous [atmosphere], which has been redirected toward finding a political solution to the crisis at hand. [I say this in light of] the horrific Ashura protests and the subsequent, less-than-enthusiastic pro-government rallies. Mousavi’s statement has helped to calm the apprehension of our activists and bolster their hope while marking the “overthrow of the establishment” or an “inevitable blood-bath” as increasingly unlikely options. Moreover, he has neutralized the tactics of terror and intimidation [utilized by the establishment]. Mousavi’s innovation was very timely and paved a path of rational decision-making to move the country farther away from falling into a whirlpool.
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