[October 9, 2022] Iran is again in the midst of massive protests against its Islamic fundamentalist government. The good news from all this outpouring of grief for 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was targeted by Iran’s “morality police,” is that Iranians have not been silent over their loss of freedom.
We should all be proud of their bravery, for their freedom is the most basic of human conditions.
Amini’s death sparked a wave of nationwide unrest. She was arrested in Tehran on September 13 for “inappropriate attire” and died three days later in custody. The outpouring is the most recent challenge to Iran’s leaders. The police, of course, deny that Amini suffered any harm. They previously stated she suffered a heart attack after being taken to a station to be “educated.”
The demonstrations in Iran have led to dozens of deaths among protesters and members of the security forces, as well as hundreds of arrests. Female protesters filmed themselves burning their hijabs and cutting their hair in the act of defiance against Iran’s dress code for women.
Typical of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, he has blamed the United States and Israel for the unrest and accused them of trying to stop Iran’s “progress.”
Sad in all this is that U.S. President Joe Biden and the White House have remained silent as he attempts to strike a deal with Iran to limit their nuclear ambitions. Message to leaders, pandering does not work. You only weaken yourself and show the world that you lack the moral character to lead.
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