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Sometimes, having a ‘satiable curiosity is darned uncomfortable. But since my curiosity is insatiable, it’s difficult to stop watching, looking for new information, no matter how heart breaking the images are. Lessons I’ve learned over the last few days while watching the events in Iran:

  • Cigarettes are in indispensable part of your jump kit if you’re going to protest and expect tear gas to be deployed. The smoke helps dispel the stinging pain. On a related note, small fires can also be set to assist more people at one time.
  • Saran Wrap can be used to treat gunshot wounds to the chest (sucking chest wounds) until they can be seen by a doctor.
  • Wailing needs no translation. It’s understood, no matter what in what language it’s being uttered.
  • Allahu Akbar isn’t just a chant employed by those who seem to want to destroy the Western way of life…and when uttered as a plea, few phrases are as gut-wrenching.
  • Marg bar dictator means “Death to the Dictator”.
  • Beautiful women remain beautiful, even in death

I’m not posting links to the videos from which I’ve learned these things. Some of them are graphic and horrible and I want to keep this blog PG13 at worst. If you haven’t already seen videos coming from Iran and really want to know what I’m talking about, a quick search of youtube will provide you with links that you never wanted to see.

Remember, once something has been seen, it can’t be unseen. And there are images from the last few days that I’d give anything to unsee.

While I generally don’t like to get into politics around here, the ongoing events in Iran have captured my attention. And amidst all the horror, and confusion, and quiet courage of the people in the streets demanding change there are small moments of connection, where a few voices cry out in anguish…and are answered.

Rough translation, courtesy of HuffPo:

“Allaho Akbar!” Such haunting video. Midway through, you’ll hear a woman’s voice, whose words were translated by emailer Lily:

The woman in this video is saying something that really touched me. She is saying that they can take our phones, our internet, all our communication away, but we are showing that by saying “allaho akbar” we can find each other. She ends it my saying that tonight they are crying out to god for help.

I will grant that I’m unsure if the devil we don’t know (Mousavi) will be any better than the one we do know. What I’m sure of, is that the people of Iran who are peacefully protesting have a right to be heard. And here I’m doing my part to help ensure that, even if their government hasn’t heard or isn’t listening, other people are.