A Front Seat to Historic Change in Iran
The day before the uprising began, an Iranian blogger wrote:
I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I'm listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It's worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call my friends as well to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves which I told my family who should receive them. I'm two units away from getting my bachelor's degree but who cares about that. My mind is very chaotic. I wrote these random sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and under peer pressure. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. This note is dedicated to tomorrow's children.
That is courage and nobility defined. As people who already have freedom, we need to stand behind those who would face death in order to secure their freedom. The fight for freedom anywhere in the world is of great interest and importance to anyone who would love to see peace on earth one day. We certainly may not see it in our lifetime, but thanks to people in Iran who are standing up to a terrible regime, the world is taking a step forward in that quest.
What's most astounding is that the protesters are not just young and not just men. The crowds are made up of the youth of Iran as well as their elders. There are men and women mingling together. There are policemen unwilling to harm the protesters and the crowds urging the police to drop their weapons and join them. It is an unnerving yet beautiful thing to watch unfold.
Roger Cohen wrote in the New York Times:
I also know that Iran's women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I've seen them urging less courageous men on. I've seen them get beaten and return to the fray. "Why are you sitting there?" one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. "Get up! Get up!"
Another green-eyed woman, Mahin, aged 52, staggered into an alley clutching her face and in tears. Then, against the urging of those around her, she limped back into the crowd moving west toward Freedom Square. Cries of "Death to the dictator!" and "We want liberty!" accompanied her.
What we are witnessing is the collective primal scream of the people of Iran, finally let loose.
Let "Marg bar dictator" be the chant heard round the world.