03 January 2010

New Freedoms in a New Year?

The most underreported story at this time has to be the unrest in Iran. Ever since the turmoil caused during the most recent presidential election, the regime in power has consistently tried to put down the increasingly aggressive opposition. In his last column, the Wall Street Journal's Holman Jenkins alludes to the (understandable) focus placed on the latest airborne terror attempt, but exhorts us to focus more on the much more significant events in Iran.

Their tactics have included imprisonment and torture. They identify young students, often with great potential, and limit their opportunities for advancement, and in turn, effective opposition.

The opposition is putting themselves in harm's way for the kinds of freedoms that we take for granted.

We should start paying attention.

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