Saturday, June 20, 2009

An Iranian Woman Died Fighting

Below is a blog entry by an Iranian woman, translated into English by huffingtonpost:

"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 bachelors 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..."


Between the young and the old.

This is how I looked at the current crisis in Iran.

65 percent of Iran’s seventy million people are under the age of thirty - most are supporters of change - of Mir Hossein Mousavi. On the other side, is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the old clerics and relics of the Iranian revolution.

By nature, the old has to move in favor of the new. The old generation shall be replaced by the young - no doubt.


I remember February 1986 how the Filipinos ousted the dictatorship of Marcos - a regime still hated until today.

So my heart and my admiration goes to the Iranian people who love freedom and democracy.