Those who rule Iran have scant interest in how the world regards their behavior. As nuclear development proceeds, as Iran grows into itself and the world of religious fanatics increasingly destroys domestic enemies, there is a desire to show the world of its lack of need for their feelings, let alone those of any domestic opposition leader. Over the past few days, five political activists were executed in order to send a message to those who dare speak against the all powerful clerics. Demonstrations of protest become ever more dangerous so while there was quiet in Iran, protests broke out in Copenhagen and Stockholm where Iranian refugees expressed the anger that could not be seen in Tehran.
The people of Iran are quiet. Let us hope it is for the moment.
Perhaps, no war in the history of America has generated more controversy over the manner in which those who have fallen in battle are treated. The Bush administration imposed a blackout on showing dead soldiers and even refused to allow photographs of returning caskets of those who died in the fighting. For some reason, those who have died are treated non-people after they are dead. Several communities have imposed laws prohibiting protests at the funerals of those who died, particularly since some religious sects have staged bizarre protests which include demonizing the fallen claiming they died because God punished them for defending a society which allows homosexuality.
A Kansas judge has ruled anyone can protest at a funeral and just because there are strange ideas society must allow them to surface. Death be not proud in a land which doesn’t want to see or hear from the dead.
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