An article inside the newspaper today reminded me that the people of Iran are still struggling for democracy, even in the face of brutal repression by their government. While western governments ponder the political implications of what they say and do, we the people can lend our support to the brave men, women and children who once again have taken to the streets to protest the recent election - and their incresingly dictatorial government.
What can we do as individuals? We can use the internet as a tool. We can also participate in public demonstrations of support.
Google around on the internet and you'll find many blogs by Iranians (inside and outside Iran).
Here are a couple of links:
United 4 Iran is planning an international day of support on July 25. Look on their website to see if something is planned in your city.
Here's a link to a directory of Iranian's blogs.
One of the new realities of the 21st century is that globalization makes it very difficult for brutal regimes to hide their violations of human rights - bloggers, texting, FaceBook, YouTube and other products of technology allow anyone to be a reporter of current events.
Support the people of Iran.