Monday, June 22, 2009

Former Crowned Prince of Iran Weeps For Neda


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights knows no national boundaries. Its defense is not only a matter of ethics, but a mutual obligation of all governments who are its signatories. It is also in their interests.

No one, no one will benefit from closing his or her eyes to knives and cables cutting into faces and mouths of our young and old… (pause) or from bullets piercing our beloved Neda… whose only sin was the quest for freedom. No one but tyrants and their thugs.

Do not let them define what is disrespect for sovereignty, what is interference in others affairs.

Ladies and gentlemen, a movement was born. On the 22nd of Khordad in my calendar, the 12th of June in yours.

It is not Islamic or anti-Islamic, it is not for Capitalism or Socialism, nor any other ideology or specific form of government. It cares little about historical squabbles before its birth. But it is about the sanctity – even more – the sovereignty of the ballot box.

It may not succeed immediately. It may have ebbs and flows. But let me assure you, it will not die. Because we will not let it die.

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