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June 23rd, 2009

green eyes


Justice, Peace, Compassion, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

That fellow Mr. Reagan failed to become one of my favorite presidents.
He did say one thing, though, that I liked. It went "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall". Now the citizens of East Germany live in a much freer country.

This week we saw another wall come down. Even though this particular unrest has to do with a choice between a very reactionary figure and an even more reactionary figure, the young people marching in the streets are people we recognize. A wall between people came down this month-perhaps not forever, perhaps even with a tragic end still very possible.

Yet I conclude that if we give ordinary people the power to create and distribute media, then a lot of oppressive walls will not be long for this world. As we watch the Iranian theocracy flail under its own weight of irrationality, we hope that the cameras continue to focus, and point their lens in and beyond Iran, to every place in which people are denied basic rights and dignity.