Since the topic originally was to recognise the suffering of the protesters, I would agree it is unfortunate that people have been hurt or killed.
To answer some of the other points, the reason Iran are so anti- the American led Western hegemony is because America and the UK have fucked them around something chronic in the past. Just look up any source that details the history of Iran, they have been invaded by Russia and Britain the latter supported by the US, each and every time because one of the large Imperialist powers fancied something the Iranian's had. Russia and Britain wanted land and took it. The US and Britain wanted access in WWII and the oil fields controlled by Iran and took it.
Dr. Mohammed Mosaddeq was democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran in 1951 and was deposed by a coup financed by MI5 and the CIA in 1953, he was imprisoned under house arrest and died there in 1967. He tried in vain to reduce the foreign control and meddling in Iran. He wanted Iran to be a sovereign nation without other countries controlling it (not an unreasonable wish really) and nationalised the oil industry that had been controlled by the British up until that point. The CIA gave some bullshit justification by linking him to 'the spread of Communism' which was their evil spectre of choice at the time, but this whole episode was later looked at as outrageous on review.
The UK and the US got rid of a democratically elected leader of Iran because they wanted to continue stealing another nation's oil. They installed the Shah who then went about suppressing all political opposition violently. The Shah enjoyed the support of the UK and US and in return gave them access to the vast majority of Iran's oil. Due to the brutality of the Shah's rule, Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini (the 1st Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran) spoke out against him and was exiled with US support. In 1978 he led the Islamic Revolution and deposed the Shah.
In 1980 Saddam Hussein supported by the West went to war with Iran and by 1988 up to 1 million Iranian's had died, some 10% due to chemical weapons deployed by the Western supported Saddam Hussein. Since then there have been a series of elected Presidents, two moderates in particular that stood for pro-business, pro-economy and freedom of expression and tolerance of others within the ideals of the Islamic Revolution, though how much they achieved towards the latter two ideals is questionable. They were then succeeded by Ahmadinejad who as we know dislikes the West a lot.
So in actual fact it is not in the slightest bit unreasonable for Iranian's to view the West as interfering and two-faced. As it happens Iran have also filed complaints to Interpol and the UK and US government that terrorists operating inside Iran are currently living in Europe and the US without arrest. Personally I don't agree with the idea of a nation led by religious leaders, since they cannot be entirely objective in my opinion due to their religion. However I also don't agree with the concept that because capitalist run democracy 'works' for the US and the UK it is reasonable to impose it on everyone else.
The idea that anyone who doesn't want democracy in the form extolled by oil barons in the White House and business leaders in the Houses of Parliament, must therefore be some sort of commie or oppressive religious nut is just bullshit. If you support the idea of American democracy across the world then do it because you agree that big business should control everything, from the products you buy, to the papers you read to the politicians you vote for. Don't do it for some ridiculous notion that it is making life better for other people.
Last edited by squeek; 06-26-09 at 11:32 AM.