June 20th, 2009

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APED: "i hope to hell i'm wrong"

for Neda Agha-Soltan, who bled out at the corner of Khosravi Street and Salehi Street, Tehran, Iran, June 20, 2009.

The oldest and the harshest truths
are those we cast aside.
Too hurtful to the dreams of youth,
of peace obtained with pride:
But it's written out in martyrs' blood,
erased, and writ again:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.


We've seen it in Tiananmen,
and when the Ghost Dance rose,
the killing fields outside Pnomh Penh,
and on and on it goes --
the optimistic and devout
dead women, children, men:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.


And yet the martyrs still appear,
and yet they rise again,
their dedication true, sincere,
ignoring what portends.
Their hope we never wish to doubt,
although we know the end:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.


So pray the men with guns don't fight.
Or pray their hearts are kind.
Or pray they're careful with their might.
Or pray they change their minds.
Pray God will bring your wish about
or else we'll learn again:
when men with guns fight those without,
the men with guns will win.
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candlelight vigils for Iran

[info]doqz reminded me of something that happened almost eight years ago. After 9/11, people in Iran held candlelight vigils. They honored our loss, mourned our dead, and shared our sorrow.

hotlinked like sausages.


It might not be a bad idea for us to so honor the Iranian people now.

It is a tiny, useless gesture. But I think it's worth doing something small, public, and somewhat collective to show that the American public -- the public elsewhere, for that matter -- gives a shit, and it's either that or go onto the roof and shout "God is great," which doesn't have the same patriotic connotations here as it does there.

I am on a business trip in the middle of nowhere and am the least socially networked person in the world, so I am very ill-placed to start anything. But those who are better abled than I and are watching events in Iran with great concern might consider giving this a shot.