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Not for the Faint of Heart

Basij shots to death a young woman June 20th


9 comments on “Not for the Faint of Heart

  1. C
    June 24, 2009
  2. Jack C. Young
    June 24, 2009

    This is the most horrible and repulsive image I’ve seen since the execution of the V.C. by the police chief of a South Vietnamese village. (Said chief MAY have been unhinged because his victim had murdered his family the night before.) There is no excuse for this butchery. I mean the guy just walks up and finishes her off. (Was he a civilian, or a disguised member of the RG?)Reminds me of the purges conducted in Germany in the early 30’s.
    Thank you for reminding us all how easily freedom can be swept away.
    Keep up the very good work. You rock, Janrae!

  3. Jack C. Young
    June 24, 2009

    I must correct a mistake. When I saw the blood spout over Neda’s face I thought the man coming up to her had deliberately shot her to finish her off. Further reading corrected that first impression. Apparently her lungs filled up with blood from the wound she recieved and it suddenly ran over her face. (It shows just how shocked I was.) I fear the Iranians will have to face worse brutality before all this ends. (If it ever does.)

  4. cussedness
    June 25, 2009

    Back in 03, I read an opinion piece in Time Magazine and a statement from it stuck with me “Americans suffer from illusions of orderliness.” The world is not the way that most americans believe it to be. And the tragedy speaks volumes about that.

  5. Jack C. Young
    June 25, 2009

    So are we naive, or stupid? Or, worse, are we uncaring?

  6. cussedness
    June 25, 2009

    I don’t think it’s that simple, Jack. It’s a lack of comprehension by otherwise intelligent (or reasonably so) people. Everyone forms sets of mental reference points by which they interpret the world. It puts matters into tidy boxes that they (and we) can fit into our mental comfort zones, and our ability to understand other places in the world. Problems start when we think that other cultures have to share our own cultural norm. Somethings are givens and shared by all: Life, liberty, happiness. Others are subject to aspects that affect each culture based upon what types of forces shaped it.

    J.K. Klein was writing about the possibility of the war in Iraq when he came up with that line about illusions. Americans saw a nation under a dictator, not the factionalism, tribalism, and other aspects that contributed to the breakdown of law and order after we went into that country. As we know now, there was no neat and tidy answer, because our mental reference points were not the same as those of the Iraqi people.

    Despite the differences, the commonalities ought to be enough to support a strong resistence to violation of basic human rights as is currently happening in Iran.

  7. Jack C. Young
    June 25, 2009

    Thank you for the correction. (I admit freely my own lack of clear vision in this matter. No doubt the ancient Romans who overthrew so many “barbaric” leaders made the same mistake.)
    Gosh we need more like you to help us overcome the parochialism of such views. I just can’t help but feel that after three thousand some odd years of recorded history–and who knows how many came before then?–we are in some dreadful way incapable oF learniing…
    Who knows, maybe even i can finally get it!

  8. cussedness
    June 26, 2009

    There’s an excellent book on the mental processes that cause things like this. “Us and Them” by science writer David Berreby suggests that a lot of the ways that the brain works to avoid sensory overload also creates stereotypes and distorted perceptions of others, including cultures.

    I’m currently finding a lot of attempts to fit the middle ages into a modern perspective in regard to children. The various writers and bloggers are leaving out a lot of stuff that fails to fit the view they wish to communicate. It is easier to ignore what fails to fit our views than to try and expand to include it.

  9. Jack C. Young
    June 26, 2009

    Thank you for recommending the book. Obviously the history bloggers and the “professionals” to whom you allude could profit from this book as well. I know I will.
    And thank you again. LOL.

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This entry was posted on June 23, 2009 by in Janrae Frank.

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