Sunday, June 21, 2009

In the Name of Freedom

Today I planned on writing about another disruptive technology. But I could not bring myself to do it. Disturbing pictures from Iran keeps running to my mind. Especially about this girl who hemorrhaged in front of a cellphone camera. (You can search for "Neda Iran" Youtube to find out about her. Be warned though that it's a very disturbing video not fit to be seen by everyone).

I'm thinking, here we are, our only problem is thinking about the latest gadget to buy or trying to figure out how to work a software. While in another part of the world people are fighting for change against a long standing regime and dying in the name of freedom. And they are asking for us to help them, specifically the UN. But is the world going to move to their aid? Ironically, in my country meanwhile, some congressman are making the move to suppress freedom and remain in power for as long as they desire.

To my countrymen, let the pictures from Iran remind us how bad it will be for us if we allow our politicians to remain in power unchecked. And to the people of Iran, I pray that you have your freedom soon.

1 comments:

dannybuntu said...

--"I'm thinking, here we are, our only problem is thinking about the latest gadget to buy or trying to figure out how to work a software."

My biggest problem right now is that the government increased our taxes by 1000%. And my mom is sick.

My cellphone is a lowly nokia 62
something...

--"But is the world going to move to their aid?"

Let us not oversimplify this as merely a good vs evil, tyrant vs slave, oppressor vs oppressed - remember vital US interests in the middle east play a key role in all that is happening.

Remember what happened when you "help" people "free themselves" or teach them the "wonders of democracy" and you have an Iraq or an Afghanistan.

The Iranians would be "helped" but only to a certain and acceptable level - using international law. Going beyond that acceptable level would be seen as nothing more than intervention.

The world is giddy right now as it is with North Korea rattling its laser sword, we would certainly not like a Persian destabilization.

--"To my countrymen, let the pictures from Iran remind us how bad it will be for us if we allow our politicians to remain in power unchecked."

My friend, what we see in the pictures of Iran now is not merely a portent of a possible future - it is a grim reminder of our past.

Politics will be politics and Temujin will become Genghis Khan! Muahahahahahaha. /evil overlord laugh