Friday, July 31, 2009


If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you may have seen the story of "Neda", a woman who was killed during the protests that followed the election in Iran, and has since become a symbol of the injustice going on there. If not, it may be because the news has been dominated by ridiculous Michael Jackson news (did you hear he died?!). The "goings on" in Iran are of particular interest to our family being that Elle was born there, and still has family there.
The story struck a cord with me for several reasons. Partly because she was so young, and its always hard to see that happen to someone your age- even when you don't know them. Partly because were it not for Elle's parents leaving Iran 20 years ago under the pretense of a vacation and never going back, it may have been Elle. But mostly because of the cause that she (and others) died for. I hate to be cliche', but freedom isn't free and I think we take for granted the fact that we can say what we want, vote for who we want, buy what we want, etc. all while people are getting shot just for speaking out against a government that doesn't represent it's people. So, a big thumbs down to you Iran.


Lisa Nielsen said...

I love this post! Thanks for the reminder. We are so lucky to live in a free country. I am so glad Elle's parents made the choice to leave Iran and now we get her in our family! Hope you guys are doing great with your new little one!

Matt said...

Well said my man. It's unbelievable to me the news coverage that such trival celebrity gossip gets. There are dosens of Television shows and magazines devoted to that crap... it's a multi-million dollar industry that gets supported by us here in America... think of what we could do if we gave that much attention and funding to important issues around the world. Not fair.

Tamara Jacobs said...

what a good reminder. thank you.