Monday, June 22, 2009

Mother Courage and her daughters

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.

-- Roger Cohen, “A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets”

When it's the women who are urging on the revolt in an Islamic theocracy, you know the old order of sclerotic mullahs and their thuggish lackeys is on the brink.

[All photos from The Daily Dish except last two--from]

PLUS: Now identified as Neda, this young woman--reportedly shot by the Basij militia in Tehran on June 20, Saturday, and bleeding to death at the high noon of the YouTube-Twitter moment--will, I suspect, be long remembered by her countrymen and a transfixed world. (Warning: graphic content)

PLUS PLUS: Great photostream here, which includes this moving, kick-ass image. Lola is mad as hell and she's not going to take it anymore!

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