Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Iranian academic purge

This isn't good.

Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.

"Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during a meeting with a group of students.

Ahmadinejad complained that reforms in the country's universities were difficult to accomplish and that the educational system had been affected by secularism for the last 150 years. But, he added: "Such a change has begun."

Consider this a pretty clear sign that the powers that be in Iran are getting a little nervous about that nations youth. Also consider it a pretty clear sign that they are going to clamp down on their universities hard to prevent any attempts at an internal regime change by the Iranian people. If they succeed, it could end up being quite ugly.

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