Saturday, June 20, 2009

Protesters Shot in Iran


But when?

Please try to remember, people, that just because you see videos on Youtube and other video hosting sites of people getting shot in what looks to be today in Iran doesn't make it so. If you follow Twitter long enough (and remember, also, to consider the source), you'll see the same "news" items and URLs to the same videos over and over.

The above video of the aftermath of a young man getting shot looks to be genuine, especially if you're a Farsi speaker. The green ribbons symbolizing Mr. Mousavi's presidential campaign and reform movement makes it look current enough.

Yet we must also keep in mind that if someone getting shot on June 19th or the 18th or the 17th or before that isn't less heinous than getting shot by government forces on June 20th. We're hearing too many reports from the ground that too many people are getting shot and killed, of acid being dumped on them from helicopters, of the Iranian government using Hezbollah terrorists to support the Basji and Revolutionary Guard.

The situation in Tehran and the suburban neighborhoods have long since deteriorated. Iran's "democracy" wrapped in a theocracy is starting to break through and the people are absolutely being heard and we owe them every bit of our support.

But the best way to show that support is to vet as carefully as you can whatever you see and hear and to not believe whatever is said and reiterated by millions in the passion of the moment. Because I'm not exactly looking forward to posting more videos such as this just to show my support for those in Iran who are demanding democracy.

2 Comments:

At June 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP, how does ANYONE know if ANY Tweet report is accurate? We are all in the dark. Take a look at seaton-newslinks.blogspot.com/ I don't know who or what to believe!

 
At June 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

You're right, Anon. It's very difficult if not outright impossible to vet the truth of these stories. Even the most commonly repeated ones could very well be the product of an echo chamber fueled by frenzy. We're all guilty of it from time to time.

 

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