Who lies on the asphalt and who lies in the bed

Iran is burning. I must admit that I was not able to get a precise idea. As long I have travelled the Middle East, as residing in Istanbul, I was not able yet to get a precise idea.
I am reading many articles on international press, those which speak of history, those which reconstruct the scenarios, and those that reveal the complicated internal balances of Iran. I'm mainly reading blogs to get the live feeling of being on the streets of Tehran. Rather, I suggest taking a look at this page where you can access dozens of blogs written in English by Iranian youth: IRANIAN BLOGS CLICK HERE.
But most of all, to try to understand what is happening in Iran these days, I am reading Herodotus. One who is considered the first historian of history was also the first to question on the eternal dilemma: <<Why Greece is at war with Persia? Why the western world and eastern world are fighting a battle with each other to the death? And has it been always so? It will always be so?>>.
Herodotus, as it is well known, offers a key to get into the dilemma by introducing the two characters, Xerxes, King of the Persians, and Themistocles, the Athenian fleet strategist in the battle of Salamis. The two men are opposite each other. The first is at the head of an army that is advancing as an avalanche of eager to get to final victory. The other, "primus inter pares", must take time and plead, argue and discuss with the Greeks protesting each other and always in the opposition. To make it short. The Persians have a single idea but clear: to please the king. The Greeks are still divided and still disagree. 
In the words of today, we tried to explain this difference by calling "democracy" the Western  system and "dictatorship" the Eastern system. After all, said so, it does not seem to do much wrong in Herodotus, we can say that it appears as a faithfully translation of his thoughts. For the rest the history tells us how ended the battle of Salamis. The fast little Greek ships outperforming the large Persian fleet. A sort of anticipation of the famous battle of Lepanto, just to mention another epic battle between Christianity and Islam, between Europe and the Turks. Then following the same lines that the dawn of history brings us to today, we have on one side Greece-Europe-Christianity, on the other side Persia-Middle East-Islam.
But then, I stop a moment to think. Perhaps these lines will still be used in a hundred years to explain the history of today. But as I'm living the present day, I look at the reality and I see that on one hand thousands of young people descend on the streets with bare hands to get them fired in order to claim their freedom. On the other hand hosts of virgins and non-virgins, but also prone and slavish young men, offer themselves to the "dragon", that means the Italian youth that sacrifice (for money and sometimes for fame) its body and itsself (not to mention its dignity) to the sultan, that means the  Italian Prime Minister, that Berlusconi. The first is youth of Iran, namely the East, namely Islamic (in the case they were believers). The latter is youth of Italy, namely the West, namely Christian (if they were believers). The first one lies covered with rivulets of blood on the asphalt under the tear gas. The second one lies in a fragrant bed in the arms of the sultan. So I think that the numbers do not add up.
I'll be back at the end to read Herodotus, in a passage the historian puts into the mouth of an anonymous Persian (an Iranian of today): <<Many of us Persians, despite knowing this, we follow, as yoked, the need. The worst of the human sorrow is this, to understand many things and have no power to change them>>.
Here above recently on the ferryboat coming back from Kadıköy with the contrabass after 4 days of studio recordings

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