January 31, 2012

Conversations with History: Akbar Ganji

"We have different interpretations of religion. We have fascist interpretations and totalitarian interpretations, and we also have democratic interpretations. What happened to Iran after the Revolution was a totalitarian interpretation of Islam. And in opposition to that we offered a democratic interpretation of Islam." - Iranian journalist and prominent political dissident Akbar Ganji.

"The French Revolution became the pattern for all other revolutions. And unfortunately the French revolution was not a good pattern. . .The American Revolution was the only exception. It was the foundation for freedom." - Akbar Ganji.