Here is a lesson for you and for me. Iran is what brutal tyranny looks like, but a video like this tells very little. What we have seen, however, should greatly concern us.
Brutal regimes keep most of what they do hidden. Why? They want to make it possible for the men and women who might object to fearfully pretend they do not know what is happening. So most of the suppression of dissidents, those with the courage to object, is done when no one is watching, under the cover of darkness.
When thugs rule, good men must object. Even though we do not live in Iran, when thugs rule, those thugs threaten us too. In fact, Iran’s has said us as much. Those thugs have threatened us repeatedly, and we know those thugs are responsible for the deaths of many of our people.
So should we support the protesters right to protest? Of course! That is the least we should do.
The world is once again witnessing many brave acts by the Iranian people who have been protesting for almost week now against their own government. Tens of thousands of them have taken to the streets to rise up against the Islamist clerics and oppressed system of limited social, political and economic freedoms they are forced to live under.
At least 20 people have died already, a number sure to rise if the Revolutionary Guard comes on the scene as they did in 2009 when they brought those demonstrations to an abrupt halt by killing dozens of protestors.
What’s been most impressive in today’s protests are the women who have been taking the lead. Many are removing their hijabs in defiance of restrictive dress codes, and boldly shouting against Khamenei as shown in the video above.
Any one of these protestors can be arrested and charged with “Moharebeh,” which means waging war…
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