Millions of Profiles in Courage
“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…” - an Iranian blogger.
When Andrew Sullivan said this kid's got more guts than most of us will ever know, I had to shake my head a little at someone who feels they can appreciate such courage without having once put their lives at risk by openly opposing a totalitarian dictatorship such as the one we now see on its heels in Iran.
This is courage, whether or not you or I can appreciate it:
DONT SPLIT! RT from Iran: tear gas, attacks. Mousavi says he is prepared to die.
That was sent out of Iran by my guide 18 minutes ago and I'm fearful for her safety. All day long she's been sending several tweets a minute... until now.
As someone said recently, if Iran sleeps today, it sleeps forever.