The following video of the death of an Iranian protester is graphic and potentially triggering; do not view it if you feel you can not watch it.
But if you can view it, you probably should:
The woman’s name was Neda. She was executed by the Basij for the offense of protesting against her government. The man by her side, grieving, is her father.
The name Neda translates into “The Call” in Farsi. She was well-named, for her death is perhaps the ultimate turning point in the battle between the citizens of Iran and their government. Whether or not this round of protests ultimately succeeds, Neda’s death will be remembered for what it was: the ultimate betrayal by the Iranian government of its people. Never again will the Iranian government be able to impose its will through moral and ethical means. They may be able to survive by force, for a time, but they are assiduously watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots.
Neda joins other martyrs, from the Birmingham Four to Steven Biko, whose deaths made clear to the world the moral deprivation of a government-backed anti-freedom movement. And in that way, her name will always shine brightly, a person who gave her life in the cause of freedom. But we must not ever forget that in exchange, she has given her life, and that today, her family and friends mourn that life. As should we all.
Neda was, ultimately, one of the finer examples of humanity, one of our species’ better angels, just as those who killed her are one of the lesser examples of our lineage. I am deeply proud of the Iranians who are showing the courage to keep fighting peacefully, even in the face of attacks, even in the face of death. There are those who would tell us that there is something in the culture of Islamic nations that makes them hate freedom. May these events forever end that lie. The Iranian people are like any other people, only at this moment, they are perhaps braver than some. I continue to hope and pray that they find the victory they seek, for the sake of Neda and all her fellow martyrs to the cause of freedom.
(Via Lisa Derrick)