The demand of action behind words is what grants language its power. In Iran, a young woman, risking her life, did a phone interviewed with CNN to express the extent of Iranian sacrifice in their determination for freedom. This young woman, through her imperfect English, captured how the Iranian protesters are risking all in the hope that America will intervene with support on their behalf.
She recounted a story from the day before about the massacres which have been taking place in Iran:
“I was going towards Baharestan, with some of my friends, this was with everyone, not just supporters of one candidate or the other. Everyone, all of my friends, we were going to Baharestan to express our opposition to these killings these days and demanding freedom, but the black clad police, they stopped everyone at Saidi. They, they emptied the buses that were taking people there and let the private cars go on… then, all of the sudden, some 500 people with clubs and wood, they came out of hediaed mosque, and they poured into the streets.
And then they started beating everyone, and they tried to beat everyone on Saidi bridge, and throwing them off of the bridge…. this is a pedestrian bridge, and everyone also on the sidewalks. And they beat a woman so savagely that she was drenched in blood and her husband who was watching the scene, just fainted. And I also saw people just shooting, I mean the security forces shooting on people. And of course people were brave and fought the security forces but they were just beating people like [unintelligible]. This was a massacre; they were trying to beat people so that they would die. They were cursing, saying very bad words to everyone. They were beating old men, and this was exactly a massacre. You should stop this, you should stop this, you should help the people of Iran who demand freedom, you should help us… In the past few days, they are killing students with axes, you know, they put the axe through the heart of young men. It is so, um, devastating I don’t know how to describe it I can’t find the words, but this is horrific. This is genocide, this is a massacre, this is Hitler and you people, you people should stop it. Long time we have been exposed to this and nothing, nobody takes action. It is time to act.”
The American Revolution was not accomplished by our actions alone, French naval support was vital to our success. The Iranians don’t even have guns; they are fighting bullets with brass and wood knuckles, and the results have been telling. These Iranian youths are courageous and they must be given support to pursue freedom.
This is one of the few times where I can honestly say we must start acting more like the French. My fear is that we have a government right now which would rather make slow “compromises” with powers like Ahmadinejad than look like Bush and support the radical freedom of a nation. My fear is that, in waiting too long and enabling this slaughtering, American resentment is being bred throughout the protesters in Iran. My fear is that we won’t act, that we won’t support this cause, and that the Iranians will loose energy, momentum, and spirit. They are fighting for a cause greater than universal healthcare, they are fighting for their rights as human beings.
There seems to be a trend developing in the Obama administration to delay action and responsibility, to put the responsibility on future generations. The problem in Iran is that, if the ayatollah has their way, there won’t be any future generation of this type to take action.
If this occurs, the Iranians may develop like the Iraqis under Saddam, and when a future generation of American’s decides to take action, it will be like the Iraq war again where the people, so deprived of necessities, will choose a paycheck to video Marines being shot over working with the Marines to ensure their community’s safety.
We must ask, if only tentatively, where would we have been without France’s support. Obama may resent America being the world’s police, yet we are accustomed to it. As the America he is supposed to represent, we support freedom with our actions: the power behind words.