If you listen to NPR’s morning edition you may have stumbled across the interview with Yousef Yazdi, son of EbrahimYazdi. Check out the interview on the NPR website.
Ebrahim Yazdi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Iran, is a great leader for democracy in that country. He was arrested many times for his open opposition against the current Iranian Government.
For those of you who may not be aware, the Iranian people took to the streets Sunday, a Shi’ite Holy Day. You may have thought the protests, of what many believe to be the false election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had died down. We were wrong, they were building up their momentum. Now they appear to be stronger than ever. Why are they not giving up?
Remember the year 2000 in the United States? Those of us on the left firmly believed and knew Gore beat Bush. Remember how you felt? Imagine if that happened again in 2004, and then again in 2008. That is a fraction of how I imagine the Iranian people feel. Living oppressed for as long as time allows them to remember. Believing they finally live in a democracy and then having it stripped away from them.
I give my full support to the people of Iran. Like President Obama in his speech yesterday, I believe they have a right to express themselves freely. I have great respect for all of you who stand up for what you believe is right, and just. Those who fight for democracy and equality. Keep it up. You will win. We will win.
Some say I am too optimistic. I agree with Ebrahim Yazdi, “You can’t be a political activist if you are a pessimist”.