Up until recently they've been able to deceive much of the Iranian people by using propaganda and censorship to blame the U.S. and other outside powers for problems within the country so that the Iranian citizens don't focus their anger upon them. They who are the real ones who have bled Iran of their historic and thriving trade economy. The Iranian people led by the young people (who are the majority of the country) have become informed through the modern technology of the internet, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It's a technology, which is hard for censors to keep up with because it changes so fast and there are many ways now to hide your tracks.
It's not just Iranians reading information that contradicts the official line of the Ayatollah's via the web and it's tools. Outsiders have better access to the Iranians themselves and can talk with them in a way impossible just years before. It has enabled the people to talk directly without the interference of each others' official, government spokespeople and leaders. It has allowed a free flowing exchange of ideas and discussions, which enable Iranians and Westerners to finally break down barriers between each other and to understand each other as siblings in a global family.
So in that spirit I have created the image at the top of the blog replacing the Obama banner of "Yes we did." I want all to see that I support my Iranian brothers and sisters in their yearning for true freedom and self-determination. Feel free to steal the image if you like it so that we can spread the word that the brave Iranian people are not alone and to let the Iranian spies to know that the world is watching closely. Also, I have tinted my profile picture green in support. If you'd like to do the same go over to www.picnik.com. Upload an image, then click on the "create" tab and scan down until you see the option on the left hand side that says, "night vision" and it will tint it green for you. Then you can play with the settings bars to attain the brightness and such that you desire.
So tomorrow is a big day for the protesters and the government. I am anxious for my brothers and sisters over there and I salute their courage and determination to stand together in the face of brutal aggression and power. The people have the numbers and it's hard to crack down on people when they mass in overwhelming numbers and don't break rank. Stay shoulder to shoulder and they will not break your wave. Stay brave--the world, history and the truth is on your side.
On a side note, the banal whining from the right that Obama isn't interfering enough in this Iranian movement is being rebuffed by the Iranians themselves!! Sadly, I doubt this crowd of current Republicans will listen because a big aspect to this talk from them is to take a cheap shot at the prez. One of Iran's most revered opposition leaders, is Islamic intellectual and cleric Mohsen Kadivar who says that the U.S. government should stay out of publicly meddling in the Green Movement too much. “What Obama has done so far is about perfect,” Kadivar, garbed in his traditional cleric's robes, said.
By the way, they couldn't have chosen a better color to represent their movement--green is my favorite color.
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