This morning I sorted through news articles on Iran's election. A week ago I was smiling in the car, listening to an NPR story about the expected victory of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the opposition to Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I was thinking, "Maybe 2009 is a new year for our little world. Maybe violence, oppression and craziness will just fade out, rather than having to be pushed down."
And with that thought I wondered about a world in which what is rational actually rises to the surface and gains the popularity of entire groups and nations of people. It seemed like a wonderful world to be a part of.
This morning's soundbytes were a range of speakers asking questions about the irregularities of the election results in Iran and voicing opinions about the protests that have turned the hopeful election fever in that country into a black smoke of civil unrest. I came across this little animation project that is reminiscent of that well-done animation "Persepolis."
Whatever ideas I may have had about Iran's possibilities, I was most likely wrong.