Track For Neda

I imagine a lot of you found your way to the awful video of the Iranian woman getting shot and dying in the street. Her name was Neda Agha Soltani, and she was 27 years old. She was standing with her father observing the demonstration when a Bassij shot her through the heart, killing her almost instantly.

I don’t recommend seeking the video out; it is shocking less for the blood as the human tragedy it represents. The immensity of it breaks my heart — you can hear the moment when they realize she’s gone and their voices change from panic to anguish. I have children, and it’s unimaginable to me to lose a child like that. Every time I thought about it today tears came to my eyes.

So tonight as I was thinking about her, this track started going around in my head. I took two chants from Youtube videos — the first one you hear was a song they sang when the Shah was overthrown, the second chant, I don’t know what they are saying, but it’s taken from cell phone video of Neda and her father just before she was shot.

I hesitate even to post it because I don’t want to be self-promoting on the back of the tragedy, both for the young woman and Iran. But I made it, and you can listen, or not. Once again I feel really powerless to do anything for the Iranian people who are obviously trying to take their country back. I worked for Obama last fall and it’s ridiculous how easy it was to change our own governement by comparison.

Is this just like making my twitter icon green, another ridiculous empty gesture by an American far from what’s happening in Iran? Probably, but as the Quakers say, I’m holding the Iranian people in the light, and especially those who have lost loved ones to the brutality of the Iranian government. It’s all I can do.


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