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Iran Election: Her Name Was Neda

June 20, 2009

Following Iran Election feed. Tragic story just filtering in. From Newsvine:

Early today, a beautiful young woman was demonstrating in Tehran, along with her father. When friction between the Basiji – the brutal packs of militia that patrol the streets of Tehran, beating women and children and students — and the demonstrators broke out, it was her ill-fortune to become one of the first victims of Basiji homicide, though she was doing nothing more than standing by innocently, watching.
It is said that a Basij sniper shot her through the heart, simply to see her die.
The final moments of her tender young life leaked into the pavement of Karegeh Street today, captured by cell phone cameras. And not long after, took on new life, flickering across computer screens around the world on YouTube, and even CNN.

Pictures are all over Twitter. Too horrible.

Also-Obama takes a stand:

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

More quotes:

“This Is No Longer About #IranElection It Is For Iran Regime Change”

“Her name was ندا (#Neda), which means voice or call in Farsi. She is the voice of the people, a call to freedom”

“Do not listen to those who tell you to take up the gun. Mousavi calls on Sea of Green not to be violent”

“What kind of government is it that its citizens are afraid of its hospitals and seek medical aid in foreign embassies?”

My thoughts:

I agree with that last statement. Keep the moral high ground and show the mullahs as the butchers they are.

Home remedies for relief of tear gas and pepper spray all over Twittter.

Obama is learning the hard way not to deal with Tyrants and Religious fanatics.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. mosa permalink
    July 21, 2009 6:10 am

  2. mosa permalink
    July 21, 2009 6:09 am

  3. Mike Burleson permalink
    July 19, 2009 6:32 am

    Thanks Mosa, for this important video!

  4. mosa permalink
    July 18, 2009 11:33 pm

  5. someone in iran permalink
    June 23, 2009 1:20 am

    the sad thing is, i was there after she got killed cant describe the god damn feeling i felt, cant stop crying when i see her anywhere
    Neda is a martyr for freedom!
    You will never be forgotten!

  6. sauer kraut permalink
    June 21, 2009 10:51 pm

    Too bad she could only participate in the presence of a male relative… she might have lived had she been able to freely assemble and protest on her own. Women in Iran need true freedom, not the freedom of a male relative.

  7. yasutora permalink
    June 21, 2009 8:23 pm

    Violence is ever-present. It is disturbing how many have been forced to flee homes, and how many have died. People thrive in violence, and our society has come to think that violence is a source of entertainment, humor even. What a horrible world we live in. God save us.

  8. vetfromhell permalink
    June 21, 2009 7:55 pm

    Democratic Presidents ignore genocides. FDR ignored the holocaust, Clinton let the Rwandans hack and shoot thousands, and now Obama gets ice cream with his kids while Neda bleeds out in the street. It’s the usual reaction by a Democrat in charge. Nothing at all.

  9. Donna permalink
    June 21, 2009 3:56 pm

    How quickly a young life has been snuffed out for no reason at all…

  10. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 21, 2009 7:45 am

    I suspect her death will not be in vain. Stay strong!

  11. D. Astin permalink
    June 20, 2009 10:43 pm

    How do we fathom this? How do we make sense of this senseless and heinous act? The images of Neda’s murder, her defacto martyrdom, have catalyzed, and will continue to catalyze, signficant change. These images have changed me. Some of the lessons contained within these images live within my soul. Just like I have asked about “Tank Man” at Tiananmen; I am asking, who was this person named Neda who was so savagely exhalted. I cry for you, I cry for those who loved you and raised you. I cry for the Iranian people, I cry for all of us. I have a feeling you might ask us not to worry, to be OK, to be at peace; please forgive me if I have spoken incorrectly. Thank you Neda, and God Bless all of us.


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