Friday, July 17, 2009

Iran wanted me to bear witness...and I have.

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I am nobody, but I am somebody. Somebody who cares for and respects human life everywhere. Somebody who has endured bearing witness to the events unfolding in Iran...as if I were IN Iran. Someone who is not Iranian, has no friends who are Iranian, yet has BECOME Iranian, who FEELS like an Iranian, whose heart beats like Iranians, & who loves Iranians. I am an American, and I am angry!

If the world could hear the scream of anger in my heart for the senseless deaths & torture in Iran, everyone would be DEAF!

This is how I feel after living vicariously through the eyes of Iran's citizens. Watching the multitude of atrocities being committed against the Iranian people has burned images in my mind I will never, EVER forget. I have cried watching the murders, winced & grimaced at the sight of torture victims (past & present), grieved with the families aching with the loss of their loved one, and felt the fury of wanting revenge. I was horrified to see the thieves in the night, stealing away people while they slept soundly all the while believing they were safe. Countless arrests, executions, beatings, rapes of men AND women, people of all ages cruelly being violated. All of this while peacefully expressing a thought-That the election was a fraud! Evil abounds in the hearts of those men responsible. The world HAS to bear witness! It is our duty as humans across the globe to do so. DO SOMETHING! Even if you are re-tweeting a message on Twitter someone else originated, you are playing an integral role in the greater good of things. You are raising awareness, and that is something that is greatly needed.

I want justice for Iran, freedom for Iran, human rights respected, equality and most of all freedom of the right to life. I want my scream to echo in the minds of all, because its all SO HORRIBLY WRONG that these precious things are being denied to those Iranians who greatly seek it.

Whatever God you believe in, or dont, it does not matter. We were all given one gift, and that is this life. That is what UNIFIES us all. We were all equally given a beating heart, and we all have the right to maintain that heartbeat. Therefore, we equally have to rise to support one another when hearts are being stopped. Wouldnt you want it done for yours???

Neda, Sohrab, Taraneh & every other martyr...with each bright flame that burns out, my resolve strengthens. I hear you Iran, and I am watching, & doing. I stand with you, hand in hand, heart to heart. Solidarity!

**NOTE** YOU CAN COMMENT ANONYMOUSLY FROM THE DROPDOWN MENU BELOW. WHAT ORIGINALLY STARTED OFF AS A BLOG OF MY THOUGHTS HAS TURNED INTO A COLLECTION PLACE FOR MESSAGES OF SOLIDARITY, HOPE, & UNDERSTANDING. PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE & SHARE. I WOULD LOVE FOR THOSE IN IRAN TO HEAR THE WORDS OF THE WORLD'S HEART'S & MIND'S. I CONSTANTLY SEED THIS, I PROMISE YOU WILL BE HEARD. SOMETIMES 140 CHARACTERS JUST ISNT ENOUGH!

~CHRISTY

123 comments:

  1. well said, the whole world is watching, allahu akhbar

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  2. Very well put. Thank you!

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  3. This EXACTLY sums up my situation + feelings - thanks so much for writing this!

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  4. Thank you so much. You have written my feelings & I am glad to know that there are so many others who share them and can write them so well. God bless you.

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  5. Very good. Many of us throught the world feel the same way

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  6. You have beautifully and poignantly expressed my very own sentiments. Thank you for writing and sharing this.

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  7. OMG! thank you for voicing the need for humanity. thank you for being an IRANIAN: a symbol of courage, passion, and solidarity! and as long as you voice you feelings we all will make sure that it's heard- we will all make sure that voice of IRAN wouldn't fall silent to such cruelty! we are the members of this world and for justice we will all voice it together!

    Allahu Akbar

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  8. I, unlike you am Iranian and, obviously know many Iranians. I live in Montreal (Canada), but didn't have much daily contact with Iranians here. I was far removed from the political stage. However due to the significance of this election, I did tune in to hear the result. When I heard the result, I just thought "oh no; another 4 years of the same". But then I logged in to my Twitter account--who a friend had goaded me into setting up. I did the #iranelection thing; and my life has been on hold since. I'm in a deep state of non-clinical depression. I can't sleep, barely eat, and can't stay away from disseminating the news. I'm supposed to be working from home, but that's not happening. It is people like you who lighten the burden of my solitary dark hole.

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  9. I am deeply moved by all your sentiments. Yas-thank you for sharing your story. You brought tears to my eyes. Peace be with you.

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  11. I never cry.... but you brought tears to my eyes... Thank you... I am Iranian and proud to call you my friend.

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  12. Yes, exactly how I feel! Now an Iranian as well and yes, I am damned mad!
    you say it far better than I ever could. We are here and we WIll bear witness and we will tweet our hearts out.

    draeamom

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  13. You have expressed what I have been feeling all along. From the start of these unbelievable atrocities, my life has been on hold too. I pray god, any god we want to believe in, to help in changing this regime which is able to do such cruelties to its own people. They don't want to loose power and money and disguise the whole thing as "divine". Is raping young girls and boys to death "divine" too? Who could love a "god" of torture and crime? The world is WATCHING, bless the brave people of Iran who are fighting with their young lives for freedom. These monsters should be brought to trial, they are pscycopaths like Hitler and the likes. Thank you for writing what I cannot express myself.

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  14. Beautifully said, and exactly how I feel myself. Thank you for verbalizing what so many of us feel.

    osumom311

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  15. I'm from San Diego CA and now have what I never thought I would. Friends in Iran. I have learned to see the people for who they are. I get scaried when I don't hear from them. But many have learned this and always seem to find a way to let me know they are Ok. Even with all they have to live with they try to take the pain from my heart. I was one of the first to see the video of Nada when it appeared on CNN. My heart almost stopped like hers. It took several days for me to get back to normal. Governments are for the people not to control them or take their freedoms or their lives from them. My hope is some day very soon to meet my friends and live and enjoy our lives with each other hand in hand. Bless the Brave people of Iran and all the people of the world who believe in freedom and respect for each other.

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  16. Yes, exactly.

    NikkiBlue1

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  17. Thank you for your wonderful words.

    I pray that freedom will come soon for Iran.

    And those heartless people that have raped and killed will be dealt with.

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  18. The universe calls for balance through justice. The thoughts and feelings all round the world for those who suffer will have an impact. The Sea of Green will rise.

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  19. I feel the same way and hear it often. Even though I live in the US, have a northern european background, and the few Iranians I know are online ppl I still felt like one after the elections over there.

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  20. Thank you so much for writing this. This is exactly how I feel for the ppl of Iran. I read their tweets... I watch those videos... I read those reports.... and I feel so helpless.

    What can an ordinary person possibly do to help save these precious human beings from being butchered by their own govt???? (Some of them like Mohammad, barely 18 years old.)

    "If the world could hear the scream of anger in my heart for the senseless deaths & torture in Iran, everyone would be DEAF!"

    All I do is tweet & pray that one day, GOD WILL SAVE IRAN & FREE IRAN. (May it be today....) The proud Iranian nation will stand proud once more & roar, "FREEDOM!!!!!!!"

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  21. Thank you! Very well said...if only the mullahs could understand HALF as much as u, Iran would be a better place.

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  22. I am completely obsessed with Iran since the elction. Am an American christian and what I am seeing thru twitter and the tubes has made me angry & sad. At the same time when I see the bravery my heart just wells up with pride, just to be human too, God Bless All Of You In Iran Who Sacrifice, Let Freedom Ring!

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  23. Again I am moved to tears. Thank you all for your comments. I'm thrilled people are connecting here from inside & outside Iran. Sometimes 140 characters is just not enough. :)

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  24. You have touched my very soul with your words. You have spoke from your heart,but amazingly you've also spoken from MY heart!
    jonitchr

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  25. Well said! As an Iranian-American, I used to feel insecure about telling people "I'm Iranian" growing up. I've come across so many people who didn't know who Iranians were or where they were from. But it was the people who stubbornly believed that Iran was just like any other middle eastern country that frustrated me the most. No idea of the history, the culture, and the great qualities of the Iranian people. It means so much to me that people like you, and others around the world, feel so passionate about what's happening. Thank you for your support!

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  26. thank you, you are right, we have to be unified. this is about innocent people requesting basic rights. written beautifully, thanks for being so bright.

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  27. this is how I have been feeling as well...the people of Iran are not just "Iranians". They are ALL my brothers and sisters...they are my family. Thank you for posting and putting to words what many of us feel in our heart :) IRAN ZINDABAD!

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  28. Thank you for your words which are also my words and reflect my feelings of helplesness and at the same tima utter admiration for the brave and determined people of Iran fighting to create the society they want. Thereby not succumbing to religious tyrants with their overfilled bankaccounts who defend their capital crimes against fellow humans as obeying and carrying out god's will. This is evil in it's clearest manifestation. But also hope in it's purest and most powerful form. The 25th I'll visit the demonstration in Amsterdam.

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  29. 30 years ago I was in the streets for the earlier "revolution"! after a few monthes I knew it was not what we thought, this is happened because WEST wanted to happen. Shah/Iran was too strong in the mid. east. But this is my opinion and another story.
    I left Iran, and did not want even think about it. In 2005 I visited Iran after 11 years and sadly I saw we lost everything, culture, proud, freedom, life...
    It was so sad that I got depressed and I decided not to go back ever.
    Before election someone let me see a video on youtube, Ahmaghinejad and Mousavi were talking.
    I told him, it does not matter who is upthere, they ALL are the same. I tried to ignore the election (as I did in the last 30 years) till I heard that the election was a fraud and ppl are protesting.
    I got the computer, the net was full of news about Iran(election).
    Since then every single day I am with Iranians on the net and I do my best to help them.
    I feel the same as 30 years ago. And I hope (from deep of my heart) that it turns into a revolution again. And if it won't happen, I wish the best for Iranians living in Iran.

    I don't know how we can thank you (and ppl like you). There is actully no word for showing our feelings.

    I'm a proud Iranian AGAIN!

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  30. Beautifully written, I couldn't have done better. I will re-tweet and email to all my friends, Persian and non. ucmp090@twitter.com

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  31. Thank you for your contribution. I am Turkish myself and angry with lots of injustices all around the world. with Iranian regime and the atrocities, crimes being committed in front of all world media. Iran has shown to us they are intelligent, free spirited civilized nation, unlike in somepeoples perception of Islamic backward or ignorant nation..Their courage has shown 2Us that Satan can be challenged..Love u all freedom fighters and cry with u at the same time when seeing Evin pictures..U will beat the SATAN..U will beat it..

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  32. You brought tears and joy to my heart as I read your post. I left Iran when i was 11 years old, 22 years ago. it has always been my naked home where i feel people would understand me the most. I have no friends there and haven't been back, but have always dreamt of going back. It was such a horrible regime that i had nightmares years after we left. There is one thing that has never left my heart and that is my dream of going back. This election tore me. Everything you said I felt too. I couldn't breathe, my anger over powered every inch of my body and i couldn't believe the images i was seeing-very well aware that it happens in that country all the time. I BELIEVE 100% THAT THIS TYRANNIC REGIME WILL CHANGE. No doubt. I can't explain how or why, i just know that in the depths of my soul i feel the change. The shift. My brothers and sisters-OUR brothers and sisters ARE BEING HEARD. Thank you so much for sharing and connecting. At times i feel like non-Iranians don't care as much and im glad that you proved me wrong.
    May peace be with the people of Iran. We will not give up on them.

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  33. I can only echo what has already been said. Me too!!! I'm not Iranian but feel as though I am, my life is on hold, not enough sleep. There was one day where I could barely function bcs of the horror of what I was witnessing. I can't stop checking to see if there's something else to RT, or another email to fire, in case it helps.

    The box of 140 carries deep cries from my heart, warmth, love, horror, pain - abbreviated and mis-spelt. The immediacy of the bad news cuts like a knife. The joy of a success - I want to dance on the roof!

    The regime is stubborn, big, rich and powerful. Their courage is beathtaking and humbling & I love them.

    It prompts me think of others too in other countries suffering the same unbearable fate.

    I can't comprehend such a world, such evil people, but in my heart I know that the more we create real bonds and affinity at grass roots level, across borders, religions, beliefs and opinions the stronger and better we all become.

    If we build the green field, in time peace will come - to our beautiful Sea of Green and to all who are oppressed.

    Thank you all for exemplifying everything good and bringing it into my home and my heart.

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  34. You are all truly beautiful! I love reading your stories, and am grateful you took a moment to share. Thank you!

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  35. ...and on a side note: I am from NY. 30,000 Iranians became "Americans", along with the world the day of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. To this day I cannot let a plane fly over my head without looking to make sure it is not falling out of the sky, so I understand how the events stay with you long after all is said and done.(@anonymous). I remember the overwhelming feeling watching all the world stand up and unite in support for NY. I have not forgotten. This is why I do what I do, to repay the kindness bestowed on me. I can only hope & pray that Iranians on the ground know that same feeling...because it was phenomenal.

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  36. You have touched my heart so deeply. I write this with tears in my eyes of your sensitivity and humaneterian voice. The entire world should hear your voice as it's clearly the voice of Nedas and Sohrabs. I am 100% Persian and 100% American. That's how I feel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  37. it is a great joy to have human beings like you in our side.
    thank you indeed.

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  38. Now you know Iranians, now you have Iranian friends. We are Iranian-Americans, driven from our homes years ago, but our home was never driven from our hearts. For years we have heard the cries of those prisoners in the night, in our dreams, in our minds. Now you hear them too. Those monsters beat, torture and kill our youth, but we hear their cries and feel their pains half a world away. The world should continue to stay together so we can bring these monsters to justice. As Saadi the famous Iranian poet said those hundreds of years ago:

    Human beings are members of a whole,
    In creation of one essence and soul.
    If one member is afflicted with pain,
    Other members uneasy will remain.
    If you have no sympathy for human pain,
    The name of human you cannot retain.

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  39. Abe,

    Yes...now I do have friends who are Iranian. True indeed. Thank you for posting Saadi's beautiful poem for all to see.

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  40. As an iranian woman, living in canada now, who has witnessed and felt all the crulety myself, either in prison or when they killed my brother and lots of freinds, I thank YOU and every non iranian that shows support and feeling for human being no matter where they are.
    THANK YOU
    AFSA

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  41. We need more people like you. Thanks.

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  42. Beautifully written. Definitely expresses what I believe many people outside of Iran are feeling. Wanting to help, but feeling helpless. Thank you for saying it for us all.

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  43. Beautifully expressed. Thank you! It's amazing how many of us feel the same but only few have the ability to put them into words and touch the hearts.

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  44. I'm Iranian and I thank you for feeling our pain. We are ONE! And perhaps this is the reason why the events are happening, so that we may experience our oneness.

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  45. If only all the people of the world were like you. I am an Iranian and have gone through life feeling always in the back of my mind feeling as though so many people, Americans especially, hate, don't care and don't want to know us. You are an angel of humanity. God bless you.

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  46. I'm so moved by your words that I can hardly think...I try to hold my tears back...I don't know you ...but the purity of your feelings touched me far beyond any word could express...You can be proud of who you are...to me and to those whom despair almost every day for friends and family in Iran…you are the voice of hope.
    Thank you.

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  47. Very Inspiring, 'Stand By Me' and I'll stand you. @TheVeni1

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  48. yes--- and

    we on tha same page

    and that page is pretty crowded

    K

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  49. Iranian brothers and sisters, your American family is with you. Our worlds may be different but we are all one in the belief that everyone deserves Freedom. We wait just outside the gates of your prison to embrace you with love and kindness. Pay no mind to those who don't understand that the years of chants of "Death to America" from Iran were only what that government wanted us to see. The rest of us know you as the beautiful, strong people you are, and we are behind you for as long as it takes for you to get what you deserve. A new day, and new friendship have dawned.

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  50. I can totally relate...

    to all the brave Iranians, and non-Iranians, fighting for freedom... you are not alone!

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  51. Where is my voice that's realy what the Brave people of Iran are saying!Your voice is loud and clear we hear you from far and we support you in tough times ahead.
    Remember freedom don't come cheap, it needs sacrifice, it needs patients, so may God bless your efforts for freedom.We will march on your behalf here in Canada.

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  52. Thank you! You TRUELY touched Iranian HEART! I live in Toronto and will send your words to whoever I know in Iran by email.

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  53. Thank you Anonymous July 24,2009 11:32 AM :) I need help getting this out to, so I am grateful. Bless you!

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  54. I must just comment again. You are wonderful, and your words speak to me!
    Joni

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  55. I pray that the spirits of the many martyrs to freedom are at peace when they see how brightly the flame of their courage continues to burn in the hearts of all those still struggling for a free Iran. Whether or not the world knows your name yet, we honor your sacrifice and are inspired by your courage.

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  56. We know what you are suffeing, because we are in the same boat since 10 years ago. Only, that our deaths are charge to common crimes, but is the same patron. Our people are killed by the day, 50 per week. And nobody sees it. Our heart is with your people, God bless you.

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  57. Steve (hardknoxfirst)July 24, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Thanks Christy! We all feel that way too!! May there be a FREE IRAN soon!

    Namaste

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  58. That was very well put and it is exactly how I feel too. In my 55 years, I have never seen such horrific acts being carried out on people in the name of religion. This regime can not have a conscious or care about anyone but themselves. I too grieve for and with the Iranian people and I pray for them everyday. I stand with them for total freedom and rights. God bless them all and thank you for putting into words what most of us are feeling. Sheila

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  59. oceans are made of drops of water. mountains are made of grain of sands.me,you,you,...and you will sound like thunder.we all are people of this race, human race. thank you Christy.

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  60. Iranian Freedom Fighters, you inspire us all! Your quest for human rights is our sacred quest as well. Today July 25 we honor those of you so cruelly cut down by a regime gone amok. Today your tears are our tears. Yet soon your Victory will be all Humanity's Victory!

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  61. I am so proud to be an Iranian today. Why?
    1-I got to see how STRONG my Iranian brothers & sisters are living in a Dictatorship regime.

    2-I am alive today because of watching the videos of NEDA, SOHRAB, and many many other BRAVE innocent individuals who were either shot in the streets or beaten in jail to death.

    3-I finally see the Iranians coming together as ONE, being UNITED, solidarity for only 1 thing: FREEDOM FOR ALL

    4-I am touched by reading your letter & it makes me feel proud! You are not only my friend now but undoubtedly, many other Iranians'.

    So, Thank you so much for your friendship & honesty.

    -Setareh

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  62. You wrote many of the things I have wished I could express.

    I sit here every night into the wee hours of morning praying for some good news, I leap up out of my chair and wake my daughter when a hopeful tweet comes through, or when a twitter-er who has been silent comes through with a tweet... just knowing that they are still alive. I drive down the road and every exit sign is green and Iran is on my mind... I twitter my support, I send money to haystack, I try to think of any way I can help. I wear green whenever I am out, and desperately wish I could be out on the street tomorrow.
    I cry at every death, and I watch every video. I see the faces of those brave protesters in Iran in my sleep. I feel helpless and hopeful, and I am still watching.

    @boofaust

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  63. I pray for the brave Iranians and Persians who seek freedom and truth. God protect them and help them succeed.

    Persian culture was old and refined 500 BC. Cyrus freed many of the citizens of the countries he conquered.

    Surely, the Iranian people deserve to be free.

    TX_1 Dave

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  64. من برای ایرانیان شجاع و ایرانیان که به دنبال آزادی و حقیقت دعا. خدا آنها را حفظ و کمک به آنها موفق شوند.

    فرهنگ فارسی بود قدیمی و تصفیه 500 پیش از میلاد). کورش آزاد بسیاری از شهروندان کشورهای در تسخیر او.

    مسلما ، مردم ایران را سزاوار است باید مجانی باشد.

    TX_1 دیو

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  65. TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAN,THERE IS NO BOUNDARIES IN FREEDOM, THERE IS NO WALL THAT CANNOT BE PENETRATED, FREEDOM REIGNS IN ALL MEN..SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SEARCH FOR IT,SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SECRETLY STRUGGLE FOR IT,AND SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM BESIDES ALL THE ODDS AGAINST YOU...THE ONLY TIME YOU DO NOT HAVE FREEDOM IS WHEN YOU GIVE UP TO A TYRANT AND A FALSE LEADER,..BE STRONG AND FIGHT..WHEN YOU AS A PEOPLE SEEKING FREEDOM..HAVE A "SET BACK" THEN TAKE A "STEP BACK'and then make a "COME BACK"..BUT IN FORCE..GATHER ALL YOUR "WORKING CLASS'PEOPLE..AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND WIN FOR YOUR CHILDRENS FUTURE AND PROSPERITY...signed.."YUSUF MUDARRIS FI-IL GABAL also known as "KING-FISHER"

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  66. Freedom & Democracy for the Iranian people will come soon, Criminal Khamenei & his Basiji Thugs will be brought down by the Iranian freedom fighters, We Iranians seek the Moral support of the World community in recognizing the freedom aspirations of the Iranian people. ALAHOOAKBAR

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  67. I am constantly amazed everytime I read this blog!
    Joni

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  68. No glory without blood being spilled. No justice without walking on others graves. No joy comes without sadness. Keep the fight. Insha-Allah victory is near

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  69. I am another small voice like yours that every day is inspired by the courage of the Iranian people. Thank you for expressing our thoughts so beautifully.

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  70. It is impossible to put into words the way I feel about what is happening in Iran .. better than you have.
    I can simply add my heart, my thoughts, every moment of the day are with the brave ones of Iran. Those who have been killed, beaten, tortured, raped, imprisioned. I hear their cries for help deep within my heart.
    May God/Allah deal with those who are killing in His name. May Justice be served on them by He who gave them life! And may the dear brave people of Iran open their cage door and fly.

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  71. Hi:
    as an Iranian who lives outside of Iran I thank you a thousands time for being such a great human being and for hearing us, for hearing the innocent people of Iran. I wish you the best and hope one day we Iranian women will see freedom as you American women and I thank you all for helping us and we are proud that today many people from all over the world feel like an Iranian. the freedom adn victory is close.

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  72. As an Iranian, I can't find the words to THANK all the Americans and the other people from around the world who support us day and night so purely and selflessly in our struggle. I hope in the near future we can invite you all to Iran to celebrate our freedom with us.

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  73. i am speeeeeeeeechless

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  74. Beautiful and tragic and yet so many voices unheard and faces never seen in a world full of pain and people who die for freedoms in so many places besides Iran for what Westerners might take for granted.

    Do not allow yourselves to be manipulated by the popular media's exploitations of the deaths and tragedies of these people and lose sight of the greater challenge at hand. It is NOT just Iran but everywhere and everyone and we are all united by that we are human and mortal.

    The gross global voyeurism of these tragedies has been used and abused by both sides for ends that are not necessarily pure but for the quest for power. Be careful of media images and it's use of manipulation of strategy on the masses at large by the current powers that are in place.

    Only time will tell if these events were what they are set out to do, or are just dust in the wind.In a 100 years, what will be???

    Pain is everywhere and we ALL bleed. Oppression is everywhere and yet millions are NOT ever heard nor seen. Remember that and do not lose sight of the forest for the trees.Cherry picking is secular humanism's hypocrisy.

    ALL human life is valuable regardless of being American,Chinese, Argentinian, or Iranian and more..... ALL LIFE

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  75. And to think twitter was not intended for all this information being passed around. the borders of the world are shrinking. PPL we feel for you and are beside you in thought.I might be far away from you but i am trying to make a difference, i am listed as being in teheran on twitter and tonight my garbage bag is in the name of ahmadinejan (it is so fitting and so symbolic, hope it catches on everywhere)
    Stand strong PPL, you have our respect and we are following with great interest and worry for you all. Don't give up, you have no idea how many people are on your side.
    Allahu Akbar from Montréal, Lusyl

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  76. The power of the free human soul is on display in Iran. We are grateful to be witnesses to this manifestation and reminder.

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  77. ما در حمایت از مردم ایران را برای آزادی ، دموکراسی و حقوق بشر!

    اگر شما هیچ دلسوزی برای مشکلات دیگران ، شما شایسته نیست که می شود به نام انسان

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  78. Shoma beh donya neshan dadid keh gheyrat va shoja-at yani cheh.Iranianeh donya keh az roydadhayeh keshvareshan khejalatzadeh va sar afkandeh boodand, va to sari-khoreh donya shodeh boodand, hala dar hamejayeh donya sar faraz va hambasteh, ba eftekhar sar boland kardeh va poshtibaniyeh shoma ra mikonand.KASH BOODID O MIDIDID. Man keh 20 saaleh dar ghorbatam mibinam o hess mikonam. Ma khakeh payeh shoma ra miboosim. MA KHAKEH PAYEH SHOMA RA MIBOOSIM.

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  79. I make mine your words.
    Thank you for verbalizing my emotions.

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  80. Thank you very much sweetheart. It makes us stronger when we hear people like you are aware and watching. Shine on bright :o)

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  81. God bless you and your kind heart and your humanity.
    I am an Iranian-American and i could not express my feelings any better. you speaks the language of every freedem loving Iranians
    and every other nationality in the world
    God bless you

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  82. This is exactly how I feel. If someone had told me 2 months ago that I would love the Iranian people, I would have scoffed: because I didn't know them then...I do now.

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  83. I have turned into a non-iranian Iranian on the evening of June 11 when I suddenly felt the hope and sincerity and euphoria radiating from Iran, and I had tears of rage in my eyes on June 13. My heart started to beat for you, Sea of Green, on June 15, and has been beating stronger and louder with every day. I am a non-iranian Iranian with an iranian passport of which I recently have started to become proud.
    You are making history, you are setting an example for the world. You have already won. My thoughts and acts are dedicated to you.

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  84. I am deeply moved by your words and your sentiments. I too am an Iranian-Canadian who's life changed after July 12. At one point I was wondering if the company I work for offered psychological councling since, with all the horrifying new I receive every day, I too have fallen into a state of non-clinical depression. I can't take hearing about another young, beautiful soul killed under torture anymore.

    Please spread the word as much as you can. Don't let our efforts and the efforts of the people in Iran go to waste. These are extremely kind, educated and intelligent people being butchered like animals by a criminal, merciless regime. Help us get our country back. A word here and there, wearing a green wristband, posting the videos coming out of Iran, all helps. Please don't let this flame die down. It was dormant for over 30 years while these tyrants ruled with an iron fist. As painful as it is, it would be worse if we don't succeed. Thank you, people of the world.

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  85. Dear Christy,
    For years we fought alone and the world turned its back on us. This time around it has been so different. The support, the care and the prayers from all over the world mean so much. After all, we are all people, we all feel the pain ....

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  86. Christy, I've said it before and it bears saying again...you continue to be a beautiful inspiration. Thank you

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  87. YOU ARE my SISTER! You are Humanity! You are LOVE! I am a woman from IRAN, I've seen beautiful IRAN and seen the UGLY IRAN! Shame on me and my sisters and brothers that let this happen. Shame on MUSLIMS! WE WILL BE FREE soon.

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  88. Anonymous.. Feel no shame in letting it happen, you were duped. Feel pride in your fight for Freedom now, you are strong, amazing people and the world is with you.

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  89. I agree with bizychic. No shame, only commendations are in order, for courage and bravery in the face of the utmost brutal & evil regime. Admirable, honorable, beautiful, intelligent...that's what comes to mind when I think of the Iranian people. Never shame. Never.

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  90. The soul reason this regime is definitely falling, is not just the courageous people of iran, but all freedom friends like you who frighten the dictator with the powerful wapon: "THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING"!

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  91. Christy, I thought i was the only non Iranian who felt the passion that you have so eloquently described as i have and continue to bare witness to the brave struggle for freedom by the citizen of Iran. This event has opened my eyes to the true beauty and intelligence of the persian culture that has been squashed under the thumb of one tyrant or another for decades. Let this be their time for sweet freedom.

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  92. I think a lot of us have become Iranian over this. i've lost friends over my support of Iran. I'm Christian and i believe i'm doing the right thing. i will stand forever in the face of this and defend my Iranian brothers and sisters. I used to not be this way. Thank you my brothers and sisters for waking me up. Thank you for bringing me closer to God. Thank You. Because you do more than just free Iran, you free us ALL!

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  93. Beautifully said!
    I think the entire free world and even the parts that are not so free but cherish freedom and humanity are feeling the pain and anguish all Iranians suffer.
    We must make sure Iranians know we support them and condemn the atrocities committed against freedom loving people everywhere around the world.
    Dedicated to Neda Agha Soltan and all martyrs for freedom.
    As she would mutter under her dying breath:
    "Marg bar Dictator!" (Down with Dictator!)

    Captain Ross Aimer (UAL Ret.)
    San Clemente, CA

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  94. This could be said for places like China, Vietname, Afghanistan, even Turkey. What about all the people being arrested, tortured, and killed in those places. Iran is just one.

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  95. To the person who commented above:

    Thank you for raising awareness that the world needs to keep their eyes on humanity on a global level, because indeed we do! I personally care about ALL people being allowed basic human rights. This blog, however, is a place to leave messages of solidarity & support for the people of Iran... inspired by the people and events in Iran.

    Perhaps I will write a blog post on a more universal level in the future. I need to do a plethora of research first! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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  96. Beautifully said. People of Iran know that all over the world many many people are holding you in their thoughts,willing you to succeed and hoping you get the peace and freedom you deserve

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  97. Thankyou for supporting the hearts of loins protestors The world has fallen in love with these people and I believe even the sympathy and will of the online observers that they will suceed carries a force. Meanwhile I a non Iranian will continue with my solo flash mob demos here in London.

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  98. Thank you - as a German citizen, I thank you for your great and deep empathy fpr the Iranian people. I too have been following the events unfolding, I have cried many a tear and have had many sleepdeprived nights, because I feel so powerless to stop all this madness against these beautiful people. However, all our cries and prayers WILL BE HEARD, we have to be patient just a little bit longer. God is Great!

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  99. People of Iran, you are in my heart and thoughts and prayers this day and every day. Be safe and stay strong. No government that must deploy so much military and police force against it's own people can be deemed valid. It will end. You teach us lessons in fearlessness, courage and patience every day.

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  100. God bless the brave Freedom Fighters of Iran!

    Beautiful video of Iran Revolution - http://bit.ly/4TqBK Song by Jewel "Hands"

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  101. I have been *closely* watching this unfold, since the day before the crackdown.... Undeniably, for me, one of the most intimate intense experiences of my life --To really see what Certain kinds of Minds are capable of.

    Everyday I pray for "Sea of Green"/Mankind to break free of the control of the criminally insane _PPL, willing to do ANYTHING to Maintain Control Mankind(as Slaves) Forever.

    GodAllah Be w/ Sea of Green

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  102. thankyou for your kind words, and thankyou for showing that just because our governments are in disputes a human being in america and iran bleed the same blood, no peace loving iranian has any hatred for american people. we will all rise as a democratic people and enforce liberty and justice for us all.
    made_in_iran

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  103. Im an american i dont know any iranians nor have iranian friends when i saw the despair and sorrow of the mothers i cried and i cried i feel angry u have spoken like my heart feels this chapter of iran is going to close and new chapter begins God bless all friend and foe

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  104. Dear Christie,

    Thank you so much for giving the Iranian people a voice and expressing our feelings so eloquently. I wish more people were like you and remembered that we are all the same people and in essence brothers and sisters. It is wonderful that you do not judge Iranians as some people do and think of us as if we are all terrorist.
    We are peace loving people and have suffered greatly through these atrocities which have been committed in the name of religion. A religion which has been forced upon us.
    All I can say is God bless you and keep your wonderful heart alive and filled with the same kind of compassion for many years to come. Your sister Homa X

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  105. Homa, you are an angel and I'm proud to call you my sister. :)

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  106. Please read "The Fields of Laleh":

    http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/bahareh/fields-laleh

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  107. Please read "Through the Eyes of a Child"
    I promise you will enjoy this one:

    http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/bahareh/through-eyes-child

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  108. "...any man's death deminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." (John Donne)
    And for those who can read Persian

    http://shoaar.blogspot.com/

    Yas

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  109. Alahoo agbar is Hodaye bozorg this mean every body of you Iranian who want freedom is great!!!! Hoda= Hod= me

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  110. thanks for being with us. God bless.

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  111. Christie, your words are a mirror of what I have been feeling.
    I may be in Australia, but I'm only a keyboard button away from Iran.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the brave people of Iran every day & every night.
    It's like my life has come to a halt while watching and waiting for the news that freedom has been won. I too feel very Iranian; my Brothers and Sisters are awesome, so brave, so strong. I am there with you all.
    Dreams do come true. My dreams are of freedom for you.

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  112. Die Unterstützung, die die iranische Bevölkerung bei ihrem Kampf gegen diese unmenschliche Tyrannei von Menschen aus der ganzen Welt erfährt, berührt mich tief und gibt mir Zuversicht.

    Ich hoffe, dass auch in anderen Teilen der Welt die Menschen für ihre Menschenrechte eintreten und dabei ebenfalls weltweite Unterstützung erhalten.

    Thanks for sharing your feelings!

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  113. I feel the same way as you do! I've been saying the same thing as you have. I'm in America, and I feel just as appalled and furious over the government's actions. I want do everything I can to support them and raise awareness. Though I feel that it's not enough.

    Seeing others who feel the exact same way is a fresh breath of air, and really boosts my morale in trying to help them the protestors get the word out. Thank you, I'm in America too, and everything you said, right down to every word matches my feelings. :)

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  114. From space, among the rocks that orbit the sun, there's this one that's colored lapis blue. Cloud masses carried by wind currents encircle it. Seas keep green land afloat upon it. There are fish in that sea and fishermen to catch them, men with families. There are vast fields of corn, grain, vegetables and farmers to harvest all of it. It is a paradise perfectly prepared to sustain it's animal and human life.
    The beginning of it is birth, the end of it - death. It is so for every living thing upon it. All that anyone carries out of this life is experience, and each sentient being chooses that path of experience as they see fit. Neither saint nor sinner survive.
    It is better to look to the welfare of fellow humans than it is to accumulate wealth. One you may bring with you - the other not. It is better to clear your brother's path, rather than work at placing obstacles on that path. One serves for a smooth sail - the other does not.
    There is no greater power than the ability to gain cosmic life through wisdom. Compassion and mercy are the beginning of wisdom, a certain lightness of being that enables one to see the lapis stone hanging in space, clouds and wind currents encircling it, waters upon it, fishes in those waters and fishermen boating to their sure ends.

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  115. Thank you for expressing what I have felt since the election protests tweets began. Never have i felt so much a part of a cry for freedom. You have spoken for all of us.

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  116. My thanks also, on behalf of a people that once sculptured a future that we, western ppl, are experiencing now, in our great white cloud of freedom.
    Forgive me for my non-academic English.

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  118. It has been a long time since I have commented on this blog. Since I have learned so much about Persian/Iranian people, their history, culture, values, and a lot more. I wish I knew the truth many years ago. I try to help in my own ways but I wish I could do more and I wish the world leaders understood and responded to the requests from the Students, Intellectuals, Scientists, even some of the Mullah's and people nobody would even expect, i.e., even Khomeini's former ally. (some people know what I mean.) It's not a hidden message, people need to properly educate themselves and get 'up-to-date.' This has been/is serious. And it's a peaceful process by all of the groups which I kknow about. But has "offered precious little support for the democratic yearnings of Iran's people." It is has been reported that Obama previously sent a secret letter to the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ...proposing "cooperation in regional and bilateral relitions."...
    I ask, "what's the equal value of people's lives for billions of dollars of oil?" You know what? If I were Obama I would let China have the oil in return for doing whatever is needed to preserve the lifes of honest, law abiding, peaceful people seeking only Freedom, Democracy, and basic Human Rights."
    (And I guess nobody knows about or cares about the country which has received hundreds of....(1)What do people think, they won't use them? It's alreday September.(1) Well, I guess the company which used to be in Lexington has a good financial report. Wiss I owned stock:-( that's nothing which is class....d Christy. If you still know it email me. I get so many it takes me over 8 hours a day just for them alone but I'll read and write back to you. I'm hardly on TWI..er or even F.B. for that matter. Just a 'fresh' comment here and there... (--bp) ya know what, i should be in that chat room wed. nite, i missed it a cpl of wks in a row but will try and b there.

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