Monday, June 22, 2009

Neda Soltani, R.I.P.

Via Atlas Shrugs:

“A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.”

Martyrdom is ubiqutous to the Iranian Revolution and Shiite Islam:

Iran's revolution has now run through a full cycle. A gruesomely captivating video of a young woman — laid out on a Tehran street after apparently being shot, blood pouring from her mouth and then across her face — swept Twitter, Facebook and other websites this weekend. The woman rapidly became a symbol of Iran's escalating crisis, from a political confrontation to far more ominous physical clashes. Some sites refer to her as "Neda," Farsi for the voice or the call. Tributes that incorporate startlingly upclose footage of her dying have started to spring up on YouTube.

"Neda" is already being hailed as a martyr, a second important concept in Shiism. With the reported deaths of 19 people Saturday, martyrdom also provides a potent force that could further deepen public anger at Iran's regime. (See the Top Ten Players in Iran's Power Struggle.)

The belief in martyrdom is central to modern politics as well as Shiite tradition dating back centuries in Iran. It too helped propel the 1979 revolution. It sustained Iran during the eight-year war with Iraq, when over 120,000 Iranians died in the bloodiest modern Middle East conflict. Most major Iranian cities have a Martyrs' Museum or a Martyrs' cemetery.

The first Shiite martyr was Hussein, the prophet Mohammed's grandson. He believed it was better to die fighting injustice than to live with injustice under what he believed was illegitimate rule.

In the seventh century, Hussein and a band of fewer than 100 people, including women and children, took on the mighty Umayyad dynasty in Karbala, an ancient city in Mesopotamia now in modern-day Iraq. They knew they would be massacred.

Fourteen centuries later, Hussein's tomb in Karbala is one of the two holiest Shiite shrines — and millions of Iranians still make pilgrimages there every year. Just as Christians reenact Jesus' procession bearing the cross past the fourteen stops to Calvary before his crucifixion, so too do Shiites every year reenact Hussein's martyrdom in an Islamic passion play during the holy period of Ashura. (Read entire article)

Related analysis and commentary regarding Neda:

Infidel Bloggers Alliance

Gates of Vienna

Right Wing News

Sky News

*Memorial Site

Update 1:

HotAir's AllahPundit has new and developing information regarding Neda


Dr. Amy L. Beam said...

The photo of the woman shown wearing a headscarf, to the right of the dead Neda, is NOT the person who was killed. Please correct this by removing the photo. For complete details as to how this regrettable confusion in photos occurred, go to

Carlos Echevarria said...

Who are you?

Who do you think you are my editor or something???

I don't have an issue removing an incorrect photo which I found via Hot Air, a reputable site, BUT your attitude is unbecoming.

Moreover, what is the thrust of your objective? to minimize what that squalid regime in Tehran is doing????

Lisa said...

Wow. Someone nicely attempts to correct a picture and that is your response? A woman with the same first name (gasp, how could it be??) has her photo plastered all over the internet as a woman brutally killed and that is how you react? Both Nedas deserve respect.
Really makes you wonder what your motivation is. Selfish perhaps? Don't like admitting you might have something incorrect?

Note: LA Times removed the photo. Feeling foolish yet? You should.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Lisa, you are a moron and a dhimmi...

I am NOT going to take lectures from you and your comrade Dr. Amy L. Bean as to freedom and liberty in Iran or any other part of the world.

Funny how your "profile" in blogger is non-existent.

Tell me the photo you find objectionable????

Where is it on my site?

No go back and get on your knees so you can pray to your master Obama!

Lisa said...

awww, name calling. Shows your intelligence. Where exactly in Dr. Beam's post to you was she "lecturing"? Do you need a link to to look up the word? Look up comrade too while you are there. Cause that word doesn't fit either. I came across her blog about the picture and your nasty little comment was there for all to read.

It's funny that my profile is non-existent? How is that funny? I don't blog. Duh.

If you read the original post, you would know what picture I am referring too. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you can comprehend and find it.. but here's a hint- right by your Mon. 22nd blog.

Carlos Echevarria said...

No Lisa, the initial "passport" photo that Comrade Amy objected was taken down, as a courtesy, but her objection stemmed from this post, as the commentary thread explains.

There another post where there is a composite of photos, which emanated from the LA Times and the photo adorns the top of that post.

As for "Dr" Beam or whoever the Hell she is, it was in the comments section here where she raised this issue.

You people are wackos, asserting you spoke to the "real" Neda via Facebook, that people are purposely trying to endanger a person whom is NOT dead, as if the Iranian government needed anyone in the West for that.

You might want to read a book and not one written by a fellow Ahmedinejad supporter to realize what has been transpiring in Iran for the last 30 years and what their foreign policy has cost this great country in lives, treasure, etc.

But of course, as an Obamunuist your goal is to keep the status quo in check so the coward that misgoverns the Republic can go hold hands with Ahmedinejad and Khamenei....

Lisa said...

sigh.. I'm not sure what exactly is so difficult for you to understand. "Comrade"? Are we in Soviet Russia?

And where exactly else besides the comment section did you think I read her comment??? Seriously? And when did I say I talked to Neda on facebook? You think it's impossible that more than one woman could have the name Neda???
That her picture could be erroneously plastered all over the internet? That the Iranian government isn't watching the internet and using pictures found there to track people down??

Worrying about a woman's life in Iran makes me a supporter of Ahmedinejad??? How?? I cannot believe that anyone is that blind. If I was that murdering bastards lackey, I'd laugh at another potential victim and misinformation being plastered over the internet. Get real.

I'm not sure if you are just wound up in conspiracy theories or just unable to understand the seriousness of a woman being surrounded by her own picture being hailed as the voice of Iran when people are being killed in her country. How is that so difficult for you to understand? Neither Dr. Beam nor myself have said the video is fake or that Neda Agha-Soltan was not brutally murdered by an evil regime. A woman in the prime of her life is dead, another one is living. BOTH deserve respect. You have no idea what I have done to help in Iran, so keep your status quo bs to yourself.

I see no reason to subject myself to any further responses from you. So this will be my last. Perhaps you'll finally be able to take your blinders off and realize that not everything is a conspiracy, that no one has said people are purposely trying to get this woman killed, that the mistaken picture was the result of confusion!!! Your attacks are doing nothing good but showing what sort of person you are, one that the good people of Iran do not need.