She went for a walk to protest the fraudulent election in Iran that resulted in the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his merry band of thugs and so-called religious leaders. A bullet came through the air and landed in the body of Neda Agha-Soltan, the woman who has become a world symbol of what happens when religious fanatics gain power in any society. In America, religious fanatics believe they have the right to kill opponents, and while they are few in number in comparison to Iran, they elicit the same spirit of intolerance and hate. A crowd of about 1,000 gathered in a central Tehran square only to be clubbed and forced to flee by security forces including the infamous Basij. However, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei can not suppress the face of Neda nor her death agony which has now spread to every corner of this planet.
Ahmadinejad has “triumphed” and his supporters like Khamenei believe this is best for Iran. But, in gaining this victory, the clerics have lost the support of a large number of young Iranians. They will become “iip service Muslims” who smile when ordered but in their hearts will remain the picture of their dead comrade’s last hours on this planet.
What price salvation for Muslim clerical leaders, what price salvation? They have gained a temporal victory and lost their religious souls. In Heaven, the Prophet’s head is bowed in sorrow at the loss of his child, Neda.