Death Carries ‘The Rose’

I am going to move to the spiritual side of existence.

John

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The outrage sparked in September by the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman detained by Iran’s morality police, continues to fuel protests against the Islamic Republic. As the demonstrations spread and outward resistance emboldens, we must ask two months in: What will it all lead to?

A protest in Tehran, Iran's capital, in support of Mahsa Amini, in a photo obtained by AFP on Sept. 21. (AFP via Getty Images)

A protest in Tehran, Iran’s capital, in support of Mahsa Amini, in a photo obtained by AFP on Sept. 21. (AFP via Getty Images)© (AFP via Getty Images)

The awful truth is Iran is a country stuck, foundered in a prolonged impasse of the worst of all worlds. Unwilling to address the demands of its citizens, security forces are met on the streets by a public determined to preserve its dignity and freedom by any means necessary. Yet there is no single node, no “head” to bring it all down, repeated pleas for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei’s demise notwithstanding. There will be no Moammar Kadafi in the culvert moment as in Libya, no Saddam Hussein on the gallows as in Iraq.

Iran is run by the consensus of an entrenched, like-minded set of elites and institutions, prepared to muddle along until the next crisis — or until the state runs out either of guns or of men willing to use them. Men, whose enthusiasm for this task is variable. The key to turning the tide of violence within Iran is elite defection — the breaking of ranks within the security forces. There is little evidence that such defections are happening, at least among the upper ranks of the civilian and military leadership (whether frontline forces will continue to obey orders is another matter).

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Feared Unit Firing on Protesters Revealed
Story by Brendan Cole • 1h ago

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been accused of opening fire on protesters, in the latest claim of brutality against the country’s military force which is playing a key role in curbing unprecedented unrest.

People mourn in front of the coffins of people killed in a shooting attack, during their funeral in the city of Izeh in Iran’s Khuzestan province, on November 18, 2022. Unrest has swept through the country for more than 10 weeks, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accused of carrying out a crackdown on protesters.

People mourn in front of the coffins of people killed in a shooting attack, during their funeral in the city of Izeh in Iran’s Khuzestan province, on November 18, 2022. Unrest has swept through the country for more than 10 weeks, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accused of carrying out a crackdown on protesters.

Footage purportedly filmed in Javanrud, a Kurdish town in the west of the country shows bystanders accusing IRGC members on Monday of using Soviet-era machine guns to target demonstrators, leaving at least five people dead, activists said.

Rosamond Press

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Last night after watching Lara’s video a few times, and looking at the video of the glowing streets of Paris, in the rain, I wrote a poem about the people in these painting.  Here is the rough beginning;

All those people

are gone

by now

They walked the same

rainy street

not as one

but single souls

caring about their special

things

things that kept them here

as long as the keeping

was good

What Laura reminded me of, is when we are young souls, here, we question Violent Death, and get a true glimpse, that it does not have to be. When I saw the images of Neda dying in the streets, murdered by a bullet that perhaps was not meant for her. But, who ever believed that! We all got a glimpse of his invisible far away face, a young Iranian man, with a scoped rifle, and a…

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