Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The artist Salvador Dahli used to say that if you didn't take a picture of an event, it would be as if it never happened.
In one instant Neda Soltani became the symbol of the Iranian resistance. Neda was attending a rally with her father Saturday afternoon and was shot in the chest, while talking on her cell phone. The horrific image of her death was filmed with a cell phone that made it to Youtube within minutes.
The grizzly images of Neda's murder are probably the biggest threat the Iranian regime has seen in decades.
I have been watching in aw, the events since the Iranian election and I have to admit that though I have no ties to this country I've felt proud of their courage to stand up for their rights. Perhaps due to my own desire to see the Cubans stand for their rights and stop bowing their heads before a tyrant.
The images coming out of Iran, through any means necessary have been powerful, but none like the image of Neda. This movement brought on by the people's discontent with the election results can be summed up by the image of this beautiful and brave woman who's name interesting enough means "the voice.
May she rest in peace and may her murder not be in vain and her memory stand as a symbol for freedom all over the world.