Monday, June 22, 2009
Revolution Via Cellphone
Bob Barr wrote an interesting piece entitled Revolution by cell phone in Iran
I agree with that article.
We are seeing something very profound happening here!
The Iranian government thugs can throw all of the news people and cameras out of the country, but the people will not be silenced. Use of Social media such as Facebook and Twitter and YouTube will still allow the world to watch Iranian government sponsored brutality at its worst. The people have become the media. They are documenting the event.
We don't need Christiane Amanpour, Sky News or BBC to spoon feed the world scripted or teleprompted cable news propaganda; we have the raw truth coming out of the turmoil in Iranian streets via the people themselves on social media networks. From the tragic assassination of the protester Neda and others, to the various scenes of beatings and arrests, the world will see what it takes for a people to fight for their own freedom.
The story of the current Iranian freedom revolution is being told directly from the streets of Tehran and in other Iranian cities by its own citizens. And if the truth be told, it doesn't really matter a whit what our president, or any other world leader, says or doesn't say about the Iranian regime or the mass demonstrations taking place. The people are committed to fighting and dying for their cause. It is their voice and their actions that matter most. Based on what I am seeing coming through on the Internet - they will prevail with or without stern words from Obama, solely by virtue of their own commitment to their cause.
I believe that if people anywhere else in the world wish to support their revolution, they should do so not with specific actions but with a profound recognition of what is happening there. We need to help them tell their story, and do it in a way that doesn't use it to meet our own purposes. It is their revolution! What we must ultimately know and recognize it that what we are seeing is the truth beaming from the cell phones of brave and defiant revolutionaries.
Such is the strength of the new media. Unfiltered. Unedited. Not predigested for our consumption.
The pictures represent what it takes for a people to reject tyranny and to fight for change and reform - which by the way may or may not be what we believe freedom and reform should be. It appears that Mousavi may not be the person Americans would wish to embrace as a leader, but he may have indeed been the catalyst for an Iranian revolution, a revolution sparked by the young people in Iran, which seeks more freedom for its people.
If change is what people want and they cannot get it through the ballot box and are wholly ignored by those who pretend to lead them - then the images we are seeing are truly the result.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable."
- John F. Kennedy
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?...The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson