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Iranian Courage

This is courage.

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Think about that as you go about your relatively calm day in Liberty already earned.

I said a few years ago when the regime began another wave of strict enforcement of Islamic (by their definition) dress code while women openly protested: Follow the women of Iran. For, as go the women of Iran, so will go the men. For they will be the barometer of revolution.

This is borne out today in the popularity of Mrs. Mousavi's outspokenness on women's rights during this campaign, and the resultant record turnout for the vote, and the (so far) wide-spread and brave protests to an election once again stolen.

When Iran's women have decided it is time, their men will rise with them.

Today, the second day of protest after the election, will determine momentum and what is to come - or not come - of the people's revolt. Will it be revolution, or will it be the reassertion of dominance by a regime which fears its own people more than any American or Israeli weapon?

We in the West may hope for revolution and the self-liberation of a freedom-starved Iranian people. But we must also fully understand the amount of courage required for the unarmed to rise against the armed and brutal. Focus on the picture above. Imagine the sounds, the smells, the danger, the fear. That is a picture of courage.

18 Comments

Wow! It's like the tank man in tienamen Square.

Excellent points. I've been following Winston on this, and he has written some pretty compelling posts. The Spirit of Man. One of his friends (or was it something he heard?) fought a cop to release his friend from his clutches! Now THAT's brave! So is this. I will continue to pray for them. Thank you for sharing.

I think you are onto something with the importance of collective female feeling in Iran. The two sexes don't always see things the same way. eg German women were said to be harder to denazify after WW2 - the men had born the brunt and had enough. Indeed the Iranian women may have had a gutfull of the mullahs and be their undoing.

A picture is worth a thousand words sometimes. This is one of those "times."

I like this as an iconic photo of the protests. Brings to mind the Tiananmen Square tank man.

A lot of us are sitting on the edge of our mental seats, hoping they can hold out.

THIS WAS A FRAUDULENT ELECTION....NO UNPOPULAR INCUMBENT HAS EVER WON AGAINST SUCH A HUGE TURNOUT!

Doubtless it says something about my own character defects, but all I can see when I look at this picture is that stupid scarf this brave woman is wearing. As long as Muslim females insist on wearing those abominations, they will be one of "them" and not a human sister.

Grrrrrrrrrrrr, Get 'em, guurls!!

yikes, Idon't know if i'd be up for that. Maybe it helps to be so youngm.

Some women in the Muslim world choose to wear those 'stupid scarves'...

The scarf is a forced dress code by Iranian govrnmnt. Also, my grandmother wore a scarf and was unveiled by force which was equally traumatizing. I think it's time for people to stop obsessing about what women wear and start noticing women's character. This goes both ways, from too covered to not enough cover, we are constantly judging women.

The "stupid scarf" doubles as her MASK. I'd say she's brave, smart and very human. I hope she's okay.

It does not matter what your religion is, it is the law in Iran. Read the book, "Reading Lolita in Tehran". An eye opener. A religious person wearing a particular dress willingly does not impact me in any way, but when women are forced to dress and act a certain way or risk arrest, I as a woman am deeply offended. I salute their courage.

This woman's courage is awesome. Part of me applauds her breathtaking courage. Another part of me prays she is NOT enacting the NH state Motto of "Live Free or DIE"

Does anyone from Iran think this is going to be like the 1979 revolution before Khomeini took power?

One of the influencers of what will evolve in Iran I believe is the long awaited flexing of the younger generation Iranian. They are the ones who have been exposed to the West. They are ones who are tech-savvy. I believe that it was the Iran-Iraq war that changed the Iranian demographics to where the median age is about 27. According to most sources, nearly 1/5 of the population is under 15.

Women in the western world need to understand that in Iran the women are FORCED to wear the head covering. They are not doing it of their own free will. The woman in the photo has no choice but to wear that contraption.

She has made a clear choice not to wear the burka.

We pray that the desire of the students will survive this turmoil and change the Iranian world.

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