The situation in Iran has had my heart stirred for a while now, since I first started hearing about it, no thanks to the mainstream media (yes, I heard it first on Twitter). There are people demanding freedom from an oppressive regime, there are people being murdered for their conviction.
Who will stand for these people?
On the one hand, it is nice to believe that our government shouldn’t intervene in the sovereign affairs of other nations. We’re stretched thin as it is with operations still underway in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention North Korea potentially knocking at Hawaii’s door.
But on the other hand, I dare not elevate money, effort, or time above the lives of the Iranians.
I confess that I have no sympathy for Islam, but I cannot — nor should anyone — turn a blind eye to what has taken place. I have seen the videos coming out of Iran for myself. I have seen real people bleeding and dying in the streets. I’ve never seen real-life death before. No amount of movies or otherwise fictional death could have prepared me for what it’s like. It unnerved me, and I’ll never be able to shake the images from my mind.
And I can only wonder why no one is stopping this. Certainly President Obama knows that the United States military is capable of forceful corrections. Certainly there are stronger measures than the oh-so-threatening sanctions which we’ve unleashed on the still-defiant North Korean regime?
How many must die?
Or are we all too busy worrying about anti-smoking measures, reforming health care, and trying to fundamentally altar the definition of “marriage” to care? Quite frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if an exceeding number of Americans care more about how Uncle Sam handles their next pay checks than if a few Iranians are being killed by a jacked up government.
Our nation — still perhaps the greatest nation on the planet — was birthed out of the struggle for independence, for freedom, for the reclaimanation of God-given liberties of which no man should be deprived. That is our heritage. Perhaps the Iranians are on the verge of the same.
Will the nations of the world sit idly by while the protesting voices are silenced by state police forces? Or will force be lent to their voices?