synthetic zero

June 13th, 2009

From the New York Times:

Update | 1:30 p.m. Another reader in Iran shares her frustration:

None of the people I know have voted for Ahmadinejad. He wildly cheated and Khamenei, the leader of Iran, supports this scenario fully. They just wanted to show us that no matter what we do and what we think, they will do whatever they want to do. They just want people to know that their votes just don’t count. … I just feel terrible. I saw police force attack people brutally. I’m going to streets and I don’t know if I’m gonna come back home safely but I just can’t bear this anymore. — Anahita

There are some who oppose United States policy abroad who are oddly happy that Ahmadinejad was declared the winner — but though I often find myself in opposition to our policy abroad, that hardly means I cheer on when authoritarian regimes abroad rig elections and tighten their grip on power. I support liberal candidates and movements in all countries, including foreign nations we see as our “enemy” in some sense. If I were Iranian, who would I have voted for? This clear vote fraud is disheartening and it’s sad to see that Iranians have been driven to this point. To read this young woman’s plea brings tears to my eyes. I wish fervently for the aspirations of the Iranian people to be fulfilled.

permalink |

comment trackback

one response to this post:
  1. Peter Cerrato says:

    This brought tears to my eyes :


    Blog Post from Iran:

    “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…”

    June 19th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

leave comment


synthetic zero is powered by WordPress

posts(rss) . comments(rss)