John Filo's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneeling over the dead body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot by the National Guard.
If you think about it, there's not a government in the world that doesn't need a good dose of protest. Not a damn one of them care a bit about the common people, except when it suits their purposes and then it's only for show. The actions of government need to be questioned and yelled at in the streets. The more involved the better, but only if it's real.
It's seems that outside money and it's influence may be in play in Iran to feed the flames.
Xymphora, Scott Crighton, WRH and many others share opinions on the details. Paul Craig Roberts give us a good overview here and here.
There should be a pent up tension in the youth of all countries and a spontaneous outcry against what and who is trying to control them. There's no excuse for not taking to the streets but plenty of 'reasons' for not doing so.
Sitting in front of a computer screen, voting for the designated winner/loser and accepting the status quo is not going to get it. Change will not come through sanctioned political activity. It comes through physical action. Feet in the street. Non-violent if not met with violence.
But that's the problem. Protest is 'illegal' in most circumstances according to those who are in control. Too many people are saying "There's nothing we can do." Our own government has said that protest is 'low level terrorism.'
"Step inside your 1st amendment 'free speech zone' and be happy that we allow that."Remember Kent State. That's where Americans killed their own to set an example. There are always some who will obey orders, make mistakes or take the money to do it.
The Iranian militia is being blamed for bloodshed. That's analogous to the US using Blackwater or others of that ilk to keep the folks in line. The well paid will do things that maybe the lower end of the pay scale military would not. Are there enough constitutional 'Oath Keepers' out there?
There's some differences and similarities between the late 60's/early 70's and 2009. There were government paid provocateurs, think Hoffman, Ayers, Rubin etc., but the draft in the Vietnam War really pissed a lot of people off. Forceably sending the unwilling into a war to possibly die for lies didn't set well with the youth who wanted to live a full life.
Now with the 'volunteer' military, dumbed down educational system, media manipulations and 'revised' history, the ranks of the pissed off are diminished. Strength in numbers is what the controllers fear most. So they use fear, economic uncertainty, conformity, divide and conquer and the vast resources of stolen money for whatever immediate purposes suits their fancy to keep us in line and out of the streets.
Can we take back our country? Can revolution anywhere succeed? And what would we do with it if we did take down the established order? Can honesty overcome the tendency towards greed?
I'd like to find out.