There is more news on the Iranian election front. Although, what has been happening in Iran these last few months has gone far beyond a fraudulent election.
Those of you who, like me, have supported the rights of the Iranian people will remember the horror of watching this video, when Neda Agha Soltan was shot dead by a Basiji militiaman in Tehran.
The fiancé of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed during protests in Teheran following the Iranian elections last year, visited Israel as guest of Channel 2, the station reported Friday evening.
Soltan’s death was caught on a video widely disseminated through the Internet and on news outlets, and she has become a symbol of the Iranian opposition.
Caspian Makan was tortured by the Iranian government and escaped to Canada following Neda’s death.
He had said his dream was to come to Israel.
Now, that Makan landed here, he will have the honor of meeting President Shimon Peres.
“I have come here out of the brotherhood of nations,” Makan told Channel 2.
“Neda was just a voice that yearned for freedom. In the name of this cause she joined the protesters and this is why she was murdered by agents of the regime,” Makan said.
“I was arrested six days after Neda’s murder, because I exposed crimes committed by the regime,” a weary-looking Makan said.
In trembling voice, Makan said there was hope for change in Iran. “The Iranian people is aware of the rights its being denied. Today the Iranian people is steadfast to achieve victory and to overthrow the current regime.”
Makan said he hoped for an Iran “where no man comes against his fellow man, with no more executions, no more war, no more murder.”
Asked what he would tell Neda if he knew she could hear him, Makan said “I will continue along her path. Her path was the path of freedom, not just for Iranians but for the whole world.
“Love for mankind was part of [Neda’s] being,” Makan said.
On a Facebook thread I noticed sympathizers of Iran’s bloody theocracy and fraudulent government labeling Makan a “traitor”. How someone could even come to such a reprehensible conclusion, I do not know. Makan’s fiance, Neda, was killed by the Iranian government…subsequently, the government also tortured and threatened him. I do not understand any conceivable way a visit to Israel would make him a “traitor”, since Israel has never attacked Iran or threatened the security of the Iranian people. The only reason Israel has been drawn into the mess is because Ahmadinejad and his puppet masters would rather threaten the Jewish State than satisfy the needs of their people, including their right to choose their leader, who should be Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Khamenei and Ahmadinejad use Israel as an excuse to hold onto their power…and routinely demonize the Jewish State as a boogeyman to justify their sadistic actions. Israel has other things to answer for in the Middle East (far away from Iran), but anyone who thinks that an Iranian is a traitor for siding with Israel over their murderous government is delusional or brainwashed by the hate spewed out from Qom and more importantly, does not have the interests of the people of either country at heart.
Makan and Neda are heroes…may their courage inspire the freedom that Iran deserves.