عبّاسه ماده شير

I am angered.

There are a few times in my life that I’ve gotten very angry over something I’ve seen.  The David Pearl assasination was one of those times, and it took me a long time to put those images in the right place in my head.

I watched the grainy cell phone video of a young Iranian woman assasinated in front of her father.  In this video she clutches her chest and is lowered down to the ground by her father, you can see the surprised look in her eyes.  Then those same eyes roll back in her head and blood starts oozing out of her mouth and then her nose as her father pleads with her to hang on.

Her name was Neda.

She had been killed by an unseen gunman from a rooftop in front of my eyes.

I almost started crying right there in the gym as I watched this horrific video on CNN.  I wasn’t thinking “Who could have done this?”  I wasn’t thinking about injustice, I wasn’t thinking about democracy. 

I was thinking that I had to do something.  I think of myself as a peaceful man but how can one remain peaceful when such crimes are committed?

It’s an incredibly difficult thing to watch.  Her death is graphic and tragic.  I hope this woman died for a reason.  I hope that her death is exploited so that everyone can see the struggle these people are going through to be free.  I guess we don’t have a choice in who pays the price for freedom, but we’ve all got a choice when it comes to action.  I urge everyone to support these people and their struggle for freedom from oppression.

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