Michael Totten

"It's the Militia or Me"

I’ve never believed politics should get in the way of romantic relationships. My parents are political opposites, and so are my in-laws. My wife and I have our disagreements as well as our similarities.
But sometimes, in certain contexts, politics should be an issue. Iran in 2009 is one of those places and times. I almost feel sorry for “this guy in the head-cracking Basij militia”:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124726981104525893.html#mod=todays_us_page_one, but I don’t really:

For Mr. Moradani, the biggest shock during the election turmoil came in his personal life. He had recently gotten engaged to a young woman from a devout, conservative family. A week into the protests, he says, his fiancée called him with an ultimatum. If he didn’t leave the Basij and stop supporting Mr. Ahmadinejad, he recalls her saying, she wouldn’t marry him.

He told her that was impossible. “I suffered a real emotional blow,” he says. “She said to me, ‘Go beat other people’s children then,’ and ‘I don’t want to have anything to do with you,’ and hung up on me.”

(Hat tip: “Gene at Harry’s Place”:http://www.hurryupharry.org/2009/07/12/iranian-woman-tells-fiance-basij-or-me/.)