Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Quest for Freedom in Iran
"As for me, give me liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry
It is always an inspiring thing to watch the people of a nation demand their own freedom. Not surprisingly, the people of Iran have used the internet to learn about the liberties enjoyed by citizens of the free countries of the world. Now they want those same rights and privileges to live their own lives, chart their own futures, make their own success, and elect their leaders in free and fair elections.
Although it took our president a while to issue a statement condemning the violence being used by the Iranian government to quell the street protests, this is not enough. Anyone who can give moral support to the protesters must do so by using their computers, their cell phones, and all access to international media outlets. The message must reach the Iranian people that the world is with them in their fight for freedom.
People can only be pushed so far; they will allow their desire for freedom to be crushed for only so long; everyone has that place from which they will no longer retreat. The coming days will reveal to the world if the Iranian citizens will succeed in their goals, or whether they will be beaten into submission by the thugs of Ahmadinejad.
We must witness this struggle from afar. We cannot help them, and we cannot rescue them. We can only let them know that free men and women throughout the world wish them success in their quest for liberty.
Charles M. Grist