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June 17, 2009

Off-topic: the rigged Iranian election and the courage of the people

Filed under: Commentary — editorialconsultant @ 6:57 pm

I can’t remember when I’ve been so moved by something in the news. Every day, hundreds of thousands of Iranians peacefully march, demanding that their votes get counted.

As I watch these people risking their safety for the sake of greater freedom and a more open society, I’m also profoundly grateful that my own country was wise enough to elect Obama instead of “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” McCain.

I’m aware that there is nothing that Obama — or any of us — can do for them. Even a word of encouragement from official U.S. quarters may put the demonstrators in danger of being labeled agents of a western power.

So, we sit and wait and hope that they get the democracy they crave.

Meanwhile, two of the best sites for updates on events in Iran are:

The Tehran Bureau and Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.

– Anita Bartholomew

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