First and foremost, let me address the title and formation of this blog. We are not a political lobby, organization or an action group of any kind. We just desire to be of assistance, however small, to the Iranian community(inside and out of Iran) and help spread the word to the greater world of what is happening in Iran. We will try to post the most pertinent news stories (in our view) relating to the political machinations and the green movement that are happening today. In naming our blog, we chose to use the term “Democratic” for the sole purpose to get the point across that we support our brothers and sisters in Iran who desire freedom, liberty and justice inherent in Democracy. We understand that when the movement is successful, the Iranian people will choose whatever Nation State Name they desire.
We are a husband and wife team, one of whom is American, and the other Iranian. We have the most beautiful Iranian-American girls you could ever imagine, and we hope one day you will see them in a free Iran. I am an American whose passion is politics, both domestic and international. Internationally, my primary focus has obviously been Iran, which I have been intensely following for more than a decade. My wife is an Iranian lioness; beautiful, proud, strong and independent. She was born in Iran and lived there up until the 90’s. She has many family and friends whom live under the boot of this repressive regime and are gasping for a breath of freedoms fresh air. Her life story reads like a novel; famillial discord, revolution, displacement, repression, war, young adulthood lost providing for the broken family, etc.. To this day, it still amazes me that she has it all together.
As we were monitoring the pre-election fervor in Iran, we could not help feeling a sense of real optimism. Yes, we knew Mousavi would not be able to affect real change in Iran, just as Khatami couldn’t, but there seemed to be something bigger going on. For the first time, you could see posters and the people carrying them, throwing caution to the wind and calling for freedom and democracy. It was such a frenzied atmosphere, absolutely infectious. And then, the fatwa by Yazdi, the acrimonious debates, charges of corruption flying everywhere, Ahmadinejad decries conspiracy headed by Rafsanjani, and so on. Reality started to settle in, the consensus in the circle of family and friends was unanimous, the regime would never allow Mousavi to win, not under this atmosphere. We expected them to rig the election, which is not unusual in Iran, however, as the results came in throughout the day (for us) it became apparent they did not adequately prepare for what was transpiring at the polls. By the symmetry of the voting pattern at each update and the speed at which the votes were counted, it felt as though they had total disregard for the peoples vote and the brazen way in which it was done was insulting.
Then came the protests, my God that was inspiring. Day after day, millions on the streets demanding their vote to be counted. News and video coming in of arrests, beatings and murder were chilling. It was heartbreaking, we all shed so many tears , oh, so many tears. Still, the enthusiasm, unity and massive silent presence on the streets was overwhelming. We knew the worse was still to come, as we hadn’t heard yet from Khamenei. Well, Friday came, and as expected Khamenei laid down the gauntlet. No more protests! This was the pivotal moment, would Iranians defy the Supreme Leader, knowing that the brutality leveled at them during the previous days was surely going to escalate on a massive scale. Then came the unimaginable, you did!!! And as promised, so did they, with impunity. Neda, Arabi, the Universities, the butchery at Baharestan, and so on. Yet, you have shown grace, humility and most of all, commitment. Over the years, as I have discussed Iranian politics and the future prospects for Iran with hundreds of my Iranian family and friends, here, abroad, and in Iran, I have always made the point that the Homeland will never be free until they are ready to sacrifice their blood for it. Well, you have and you are. We, and Iranians everywhere are so very proud of you and your accomplishments thus far. And while there is still a long way to go, you have many of which to be proud. Although many of us feel helpless, we do anything we can to assist in your struggle, our struggle; we protest, fight the proxy wars online, sign petitions, contact news organizations, pressure politicians, etc.. We all, Iranians and supporters of the Iranian people will be here to support your cause for as long as it takes. The Regime has given you the opportunity, the fractures run deep, and they are real. THIS IS THE TIME. You shall enjoy the fruits of freedom, it is your divine right as a human being and no Dictator, Mullah or Tyrant should be allowed to take that away!
And a special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.
Lastly, I’ll say:
I wish one day when my little girls are older, they will walk down the streets of Tehran on a cool autumn day and feel the gentle breeze whisk through their silky hair.
I wish one day our family and friends in Iran will not be viewed as the Enemy and Terrorists.
I wish one day that I will be the first foreigner to depart the tarmac of Tehran International Airport and kiss the ground of a free Iran.
I wish one day my wife will visit her native land and be cleansed of all the pain it brought her.
I wish one day the women of Iran shall enjoy equal rights.
I wish one day the Clerics will return to their Mosques where they belong.
I wish one day the rape, torture and murder will cease.
I wish one day all Iranians will be free.