Iran Election Protests Outside My Apartment

stopthekillingNot something I normally write about, but I thought I’d do my part in the “do nothing” response from the United States. If that didn’t make sense, let me explain:

The prevailing wisdom I keep hearing is that the U.S. shouldn’t meddle, as it will just fuel the fire for the current Iran regime to crackdown on protesters even more. If meddling were to occur, the regime would blame the West and have an easier time handling their current situation.

Makes sense, I suppose, at least in theory… in practice, the regime is already blaming the West and is already cracking down on protesters (20 people dead and counting). I’m not sure specifically what the difference might be if the U.S. were to meddle in any way. Whose mind might that change of the reformers/protesters in Iran to all of a sudden side with the current regime?

But then again, I’m not suggesting the U.S. meddle. I mean, what would we — or any other major country — do? We have a pretty bad track record when outcomes of U.S. meddling are analyzed, especially in the recent past. Of course, that doesn’t stop plenty of Americans (myself included) from wishing we could do something to help in some way that is perhaps just short of meddling. Building awareness is really the only idea I’ve seen anyone come up with.

So here goes. The recent Iran elections appear to have been fraudulent and Iranians are not happy about it. So much so that a group of a couple hundred of them (in addition to the crowd of one million in Tehran) have been protesting on my street corner (in Bellevue, Washington) each weekend since this began. See below for pictures and some video:

Iran Protests

Stop the killing

Rights of Women in Iran

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  • Frank

    Thank you for the post. It's logical and repectful.

    I was there, mad as hell ( guy in red shirt…)

  • naghmeh

    “nice job, with your piece on the Bellevue demostration on Iran and awareness is all we can bring to the problem in Iran. Thanks Bob for his humane and objective view. Most of us have never been outside our houses doing something like this either. We all hope this will end in peace and soon with individuals like you who speak there mind. Sorry about the noise by your apt, it does give us as human being an opportunity to examine our values and be part of a hope for change …….”

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    Thanks for the comment. The more I read up on the situation, the more I understand why you (and others) are very upset about all this.

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    Thanks for helping provide better perspective. Sometimes, in all the noise, we forget that protesters are usually just quiet neighbors. It takes an especially awful situation to get the noise level up. And this is one of those cases.

    So no need to apologize for the noise, keep it coming!

  • Frank

    Thank you for the post. It's logical and repectful.

    I was there, mad as hell ( guy in red shirt…)

  • naghmeh

    “nice job, with your piece on the Bellevue demostration on Iran and awareness is all we can bring to the problem in Iran. Thanks Bob for his humane and objective view. Most of us have never been outside our houses doing something like this either. We all hope this will end in peace and soon with individuals like you who speak there mind. Sorry about the noise by your apt, it does give us as human being an opportunity to examine our values and be part of a hope for change …….”

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    Thanks for the comment. The more I read up on the situation, the more I understand why you (and others) are very upset about all this.

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    Thanks for helping provide better perspective. Sometimes, in all the noise, we forget that protesters are usually just quiet neighbors. It takes an especially awful situation to get the noise level up. And this is one of those cases.

    So no need to apologize for the noise, keep it coming!