Tied to the mast
…but orange now and black

Fantastic column by Roger Cohen today

Here.  Quote:

I also know that Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the fray. “Why are you sitting there?” one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. “Get up! Get up!”

Another green-eyed woman, Mahin, aged 52, staggered into an alley clutching her face and in tears. Then, against the urging of those around her, she limped back into the crowd moving west toward Freedom Square. Cries of “Death to the dictator!” and “We want liberty!” accompanied her.

Just off Revolution Street, I walked into a pall of tear gas. I’d lit a cigarette minutes before — not a habit but a need — and a young man collapsed into me shouting: “Blow smoke in my face.” Smoke dispels the effects of the gas to some degree.

I did what I could and he said, “We are with you” in English and with my colleague we tumbled into a dead end — Tehran is full of them — running from the searing gas and police. I gasped and fell through a door into an apartment building where somebody had lit a small fire in a dish to relieve the stinging.

There were about 20 of us gathered there, eyes running, hearts racing. A 19-year-old student was nursing his left leg, struck by a militiaman with an electric-shock-delivering baton. “No way we are turning back,” said a friend of his as he massaged that wounded leg.

Presumably he was beyond the regime-defined limits for foreign reporters here. Courageous reporting.


3 Responses to “Fantastic column by Roger Cohen today”

  1. Dude. You outblogged the shit out of me today. That said, I got paid a hundred dollars for four and a half hours work. And I went hiking. And, also, I’ve decided that I can’t war with you about Up!. I don’t really have a dog in that fight. I want to war with you about something else. But all that’s going on is Iran, and Iran ain’t war-worthy. At least in the blogosphere. So what was I saying?

    Oh yeah, right. Dude, you outblogged the shit out of me today.

    • I’m getting pretty happy with my posting time. I guess all of that model UN experience, producing committee-relevant content for every major newspaper in the world on an hourly basis, is paying off. I guess it’s a bit harder now that I’m not just making it all up, but I’m getting used to it.

      Congrats on the benjamin. What were you doing? How will you spend such riches?

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