by susan lenfestey
My friend, doc film maker Michael Anderson, sent me this short view of Teheran by Lucas Grey.
I think many Americans have a tendency to picture all those in the mideast living in remote barren villages or urban slums, crushed by brutal war lords and mullah-driven militias, or out in the streets spewing rageful slogans towards, ohmigosh, us.
I have no truck with religious fanatics of any stripe and the subjugation of women and other "miscreants" under the ayatollahs is sickening. But lest we forget, Teheran is a beautiful city full of -- surprise! Normal people.
Well, a bomb's a bomb, and I suppose it doesn't care if it's pulverizing people in a beautiful old city or in the craggy mountains of Afghanistan or the tiny villages of Darfur.
But . . . (read on)
. . . as we've seen far too often, Americans have a little more trouble swallowing the concept of bombing people who live in modern cities like ours, who look like us, have children like us, and even go skiing and, gasp, shopping like us.
Is it possible to look at these photos with anything but a heavy heart, knowing that our DC death machine has these people in their sights?
I, for one, am out of ideas of how to stop them. Like all of us, I've emailed, phoned, clicked on petitions, registered voters and voted. Surely someone out there has an ingenious idea, a national strike or some massive action that will grind this war machine to a halt. And if so, let's hear it and get on it.
But for now I'm sending around these photos to remind us that the "enemy" looks an awful lot like you and me, and that the real enemy is much closer to home.