Who can know the mind and heart of the opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi? Not me. Not anyone in west. Maybe not even the Iranian people. Perhaps they are being manipulated by a demagogue who will prove to be as unfriendly toward open government as Ahmadinejad has been.
I don't think so. But that's not the issue. The point here is that the people of Iran want to select their number one guy in a free and fair election. That's what they are saying with their bold presence in the streets of Teheran and other cities.
We need to stand with them in prayer. Yes, I know that their battle cry is "Allah Akbar." But what would you say if you were a Muslim? That's like a Brit saying "God save the queen," or a Frenchman saying "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite."
It's like an American saying, "In God we trust."
Pray for the people of Iran. Pray that their stand against tyranny can prevail. Pray for their safety. Pray that the heart of Ayatollah Khameini and the mullahs will be moved with compassion, and that those leaders will not foolishly call for police or military action against the people.
Pray for an open an free society in Iran where people can vote in legitimate elections to select their own leaders.
Carey Rowland, author of Glass half-Full