Tuesday, February 22, 2005


First thing, I want to thank Magz, Jethro, Trashman, Misfit Moonchild and especially Seven for taking on the Assholes. I have given them the title Defenders of the Blog.

Now for Mojtaba and Arash. They are two Iranians. Arash is being held by the Iranian government and the Mojtaba has been released from a prison in Tehran but is still facing charges. Their crime? Blogging.

For anyone who isn't aware, Iran is ruled by fanatical mullahs who are oppressing the young Iranian population who yearn for freedom and democracy.

Something with which to equate this situation is if Jay's loony preacher man was multiplied by the thousands, armed, and had trained a police force to arrest and murder anyone who said complained about the government, or said the fuck word.

Hat tips to Michelle Malkin and Committee to Protect Bloggers. They are asking that all bloggers make a reference to it today and show their support for the freedom of the Iranian people. You can also email Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif who is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This transcends liberal and conservative. Both sides can agree that oppression by any state is unconscionable. All you have to do is post FREE MOJTABA AND ARASH somewhere on your blog. There are banners you can download as well.

It isn't much, but let's do what we can.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On : 2/22/2005 2:49:14 PM Ciggy (www) said:

Both sides can agree that oppression by any state is unconscionable.

I dunno, there are the loonie lefties who push normal Americans into oncoming traffic, who are pretty enamored of Saddam's old-school oppression as it used to exist in Iraq.

Please tell me we're shipping guns and RPGs and bombs and all kinds of goodies to the dissidents so they can take back their country?

Or rather, for OPSEC purposes, don't tell me after all...


On : 2/22/2005 3:21:33 PM Zelda (www) said:

I know Cig. I know. You loonie lefties want to compare Muslims to the Minutemen? Look to Iran. But the Iranians want freedom so it is obvious they will be thoroughly ignored.


On : 2/22/2005 6:12:42 PM Inanna (www) said:

Hey! I resemble that remark! Loonie lefty indeed!

Can we somewhat agree that at this time we simply do not know what is going on behind the scenes in Iran? With the news being reported I can imagine how internally they are scrambling to suppress while SpecOps do everything to liberate without landing us in a brouhaha.

I have nothing against helping the people of another country come out from underneath oppression. I think though in different circumstances, it is at different stages. All may think about it, but if no one acts then when it happens, its chaos. As far as Iran, I think its a thought AND an action.

Although based on a report from IRNA, I think they're getting ready to try and toss the foreigners based on "security issues." Uh huh. Khamenei has been quoted as saying that America is one of the 7 heads of the dragon of arrogance. He yaks about oppression under the Shah yet suppresses his own people, especially students moving for reform.

That though, is what I see as more important about the situation of Iran vs. the situation in Iraq. Iran is ripe, he knows its ripe. The people have moved beyond thinking and moved to acting. Frankly though, with the current state of affairs in Iraq, I can't see how, without seriously, seriously overtaxing our military that we could, at this time, without UN intervention, consider assisting the Iranian people if it came to that.

Its not that I'm against it, I'm just looking at the ramifications upon our own nation by stretching ourselves so thin.


On : 2/22/2005 6:22:22 PM Kristin (www) said:

Insanity! Just swinging by with drive by smooches. *smooch* Thanks for your support, I appreciate it.


On : 2/22/2005 6:46:59 PM Zelda (www) said:

Inanna - You're NOT a loonie leftie. The title is reserved for those who advocate violence or anal assault upon my person simply because I haven't swallowed their kool-aid. But our efforts in Iraq will be for naught if the ball of democracy doesn't get rolling. We'd probably help Iraq as much as Iran if the mullahs were to "disappear." I don't think it would be as hard as Iraq since they've sent all of their homicidal maniacs there. But we'd better do it fast before they go nuclear.

Kristin - No prob


On : 2/22/2005 8:45:51 PM angi (www) said:

I had heard about this in passing, didn't know the details, thanks for reminding me of it.

I'm glad you actually read the articles, and not skim the headlines like me!


On : 2/22/2005 9:08:57 PM Jen (www) said:

I have spent quite a bit of time reading about the imprisonment of bloggers in several different countries. It both saddens me and enrages me. It also makes me so very proud and relieved that I live in the country that I do. It is reasons like this that make me so mad when other Americans whine about not being proud that they are Americans. At least here, you can blog and share your thoughts as much as your fingers will type and your mind will create. You will not be whisked away in the dead of night if you write an article about your political views.


On : 2/23/2005 9:33:04 AM magz (www) said:

se7en's right, i was missing out by not droppin in earlier zelda.. i'm very pleased to meetcha! I can only blame my inattentiveness on mass aplications of something called eureka pale ale yesterday, which i suspect has hallicinigenic properties.. causeing me to spend yesterday alternately babbleing nonsens.. or wandering around outside behind the little animals...
it DID leave me a bit.. 'hung' this morning... and polotics always gives me a headache.. so i wont comment other than that yer schmarrrt! i'm gonna go rummage the back shelves on my fridge fer some doghair.. i'll be back. (linking ya... if i member how. we pinkies should stick together!)


On : 2/23/2005 9:49:20 AM Ciggy (www) said:

Another intriguing possibility is the fact that there are so many Shiites in Iraq who might have a great desire to help their Iranian Shiite cousins enjoy the democracy they currently enjoy in Iraq. Granted, some of the Iraqi shiite groups might be Iranian puppets, but others might just be sincere folks who could easily be persuaded to infiltrate into Iran and... MUwahahahahahahaha...


On : 2/23/2005 11:15:51 AM Zelda (www) said:

Jen - Isn't it scary? And if the Loonie Lefties were to get their way, I'd have my throat slit for sharing my political point of view.

magz - I'm insulted. My background is a pale coral color. Drop in anytime.

Ciggy - Here's hoping. It's hard for me to imagine the Iraqi Shiites - risking life and limb to vote - as Iranian puppets.


On : 2/25/2005 11:04:50 AM Inanna (www) said:

Anal assault upon your person????