Who’s that *Dead* Girl?


Oh look, it’s Neda: Iran’s new post-mortem poster girl. She symbolizes the evils and terrors that have erupted in Tehran, which is also her native town. She was a lover of music, a gentle soul, and probably the most important person to die this week.

But, why is she important? And why did we have to watch her die? She wasn’t a leader. She wasn’t Joan of Arc. She wasn’t even participating in the demonstration herself. She was merely an observer of this disgusting, thoughtless, protest… one that my friends are bugging me to support via facebook and twitter.

And this isn’t to say that her death was meaningless. What sucks was that while she’s said to have had an interest in human rights, she wasn’t in the crowd, nor was there any reason for the shooter to target her in particular. But, with a government like Iran, what do you expect? And with bullets flying through the air like big bees and police brutality being caught on camera, I don’t understand why anyone would want to watch such a scene. Possibly to get an honest look at what’s happening in Iran… but, honestly, you’ll get killed. There’s nothing victorious, virtuous, or even dignified about someone entering dangerous territories just to watch the mayhem, or to gather some self-righteous opinion about the event. If you don’t have a gun and if you’re not fighting, then you shouldn’t be there.

Which brings me to why I have a big problem with this entire protest to begin with, and frankly why I can’t support these people… not in the way we’re being encouraged to. Iran’s government is strict about gun control; no citizen can privately own a gun. So, what does a violent protest like this actually accomplish if the police have guns and the citizens don’t? C’mon people. Enough of this passive aggressive facebooking and twittering. The only way we can really help these people is by donating our guns and weapons to Iran…

…Which is sort of a bad idea. Essentially, that’s what they need. But, what I fear is that the protesters will get gun-happy and turn the guns on each other. And that’s just an observation of the culture. There’s no leadership. No organization that’s for the people, one that is just as militant and victorious… which is why it makes sense to call Neda a martyr, a “Joan of Arc” of Tehran. The clip of her dying in front of the camera is a testament to how lost Iran seems, how death comes easily into the people’s lives, and, probably, how desperate these people are for peace.

But, is it right to capture footage of someone’s death like that to sway political opinion and emotional support?

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