President Obama responded to the Iranian crisis by aptly quoting Martin Luther King:

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

The universe will always bend toward justice – it may be a long trek and it will inevitably cost millions of lives, it will result in brutal, vicious, and unspeakable crimes against humanity, and it will wreak destruction and havoc on nations and it will show no mercy in its struggle to survive, but it will, sooner or later, survive, and it will bend toward justice. I fervently pray for Iran that it is sooner.

I am cautiously and optimistically watching the events in Iran.  I remember the days of the American ally, the Shah of Iran, who was deposed in 1979 in the Islamic Revolution – a revolution which thrust Iran back into the hard line policies of the Ayatollahs and the denigration and subjugation of women.

My sons were not old enough to really be interested in this event.  But I well remember seeing the Shah of Iran – right or wrong – an American ally, propped up by American interests – being deposed and sent into exile.  In those days, Iran was our “friend”, our “ally.”

The Islamic Revolution of 1979 was quick, and it surprised the West and its allies.  Just as this current uprising has been quick and has surprised the world with its ferocity and its tenacity.  Mir Hossein Mousavi – leader of the movement – is ready for martyrdom, and he understands that his life may be offered up as testimony to his beliefs.  He knows, just as Benizir Bhutto knew, just as Burmese activist Aung San Suu Ky knows, that there are causes that are just and right and are worth the ultimate sacrifice.

Am I espousing ethnocentricity at this point?  Yes, I am.  I believe that people should be free, but it should be of their own choice and making – such as is occurring now in Iran.  I believe that according to the Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  That the word “men” now includes all genders and all races and all ethnicities.

Sooner or later, the people will rise against tyranny that is in place.   Sooner or later it truly is “power to the people.”  Sooner or later, the people arise and throw off the yoke of tyranny.

I remember the taking of 52 Americans for 444 days beginning on November 4, 1979, and ending seconds after Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency on January 20, 1981.  President Carter’s ill-fated attempt to rescue the hostages prevented him from a second term.  Who can doubt that if his rescue attempt had been successful, he would have won a second term?

Am I also espousing the rights and dignities of women?  Yes, I am.  The world should not support and encourage the second-class citizenship of women.  Women are not property – women are human beings and deserve to be treated with the same respect and dignity that are accorded to men.

So I anxiously await the outcome because I know at the very root of all justice is the ability of the people to rise up and claim what is rightfully theirs – equality, justice, and freedom.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    Mir Hossein Mousavi – leader of the movement – is ready for martyrdom, and he understands that his life may be offered up as testimony to his beliefs. He knows, just as Benizir Bhutto knew, just as Burmese activist Aung San Suu Ky knows, that there are causes that are just and right and are worth the ultimate sacrifice.

    Uhhh … okay

    He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.

    Mousavi, prime minister for most of the 1980s, personally selected his point man for the Beirut terror campaign, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-pur, and dispatched him to Damascus as Iran’s ambassador, according to former CIA and military officials.

    The ambassador in turn hosted several meetings of the cell that would carry out the Beirut attacks, which were overheard by the National Security Agency.

    Maybe we should firmly resolve, once and for all, to quit monkeying around with Iran. And Iraq. And Afghanistan. And Pakistan. And … well, you get the idea, I’m sure.

  2. Iceironman says:

    Sooner or later we will get someone in office that doesnt just act like a statement on Iran calling the situation what it is will cause him lost points on the world scale. I guess a hard stance and words are above his pay grade. Instead we get, the admin wont medel in others elections, yet he worked for a group responsible in medling in ours, cheating, and the Acorn group is now a global group, I think he likes to medel in elections more than it seems.

  3. Jim:

    My mistake – I didn’t do enough research. So I guess Mousavi shouldn’t be supported but the people in Iran who are protesting should be. Unfortunately, Mousavi appears to be the catalyst.

    The leaders of the United States have always been hypocritical about befriending other nations. Iran was once an ally – now it is a foe. Mousavi was involved with attacks against the U.S.; now he has become the symbol of reform and pro-western sentiments. How many dictators have we propped up when it suited our purpose? And then changed direction when the relationship no longer suited our purpose?

  4. Ice:

    Hmm – didn’t we just get rid of a bumbling, maniacal leader who did just what you are espousing? And guess what – he acted with no rational thought as to the long-term effects of his actions. We have now been mired in Iraq for 6 years. Wow, what a leader.

    And, we have no business in Afghanistan. We didn’t find Osama bin Laden. Who? That’s right – bin Laden seems to have gotten lost in the fray.

    Obama has made a mistake in upping the ante in Afghanistan. The Soviets spent 10 years in Afghanistan and finally withdrew. We will do likewise with no discernible benefit from our occupation either in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  5. Jim Wetzel says:

    Charlotte, it may very well be that Mousavi is the real goods … I have no idea, really, except that somebody who was prime minister for a decade, not that long ago, doesn’t seem like a promising source for Change They Can Believe In™. As for violence against US armed forces in Beirut, I don’t especially hold that against him, since US armed forces shouldn’t BE within several time zones of Beirut. I guess my point is, Iranian governance isn’t our business — or wouldn’t be, if we were sane. Which we’re not, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.

  6. Iceironman says:

    Iranian people see what is happening in Iraq and want a piece of it. It is not perfect in Iraq but it is getting better. The people of Iran want freedom, something Charlotte belives is not possible in a muslim sociaty. After all why would GW insert freedom into Iraq?

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