Iran's oppression is on par with the regimes such as Stalinist Russia and the 3rd Reich. The victims of these crimes against humanity and freedom of speech in Iran include virtually every religious and ethnic minority in Iran, women’s rights advocates and social reformers, educators and journalists, activists and artists. The most aggrieved victims of these crimes may well be members of the Bahá’í Faith, whose systematic state-sponsored persecution has triggered countless international warnings regarding the early signs of a potential genocide of the Bahá’í.
The oppression and the brutal conditions in Iran have prompted non-violent actions and organizing mass efforts through groups and organizations as the Green Movement, United4Iran and many other campaigns, But unfortunately To date, the Iranian people have so far been unable to free themselves from the yoke of this tyrannical regime. despite their ongoing bravery trying to fight the regime despite being outmanned by the Iranian authourities they still fight back. How then, can the people of Iran realize their dreams of justice?
I think a lesson can be drawn from the experience of the Danish under Nazi occupation in the second world war. The Danish were very resourceful in sheltering Jews from the genocidal campaign of the Nazis and this resulted in one of the highest Jewish survival rates among any occupied country in the second world war. As a result of their efforts, the following story emerged after World War II: When all Danish Jews were ordered to wear a yellow star, so they could be rounded up for the concentration camps, the non-Jewish Danes, led by their King, all wore the same yellow star to show their solidarity with the Jews, and stopping a small section of the Jewish genocide while also protesting against the Nazi occupation.
Although This story is not historically accurate, it has circulated widely because it captures the spirit of the Danish resistance in the second world war to the inhumanity of the Nazis, even as it symbolizes a profound spiritual truth: The struggle for universal justice requires that relatively privileged majorities actively join in solidarity with the most oppressed amongst them.
Perhaps this spiritual truth will animate the struggle for justice and freedom in Iran more. In this idea, consider what would happen if the priviledged majorities in Iran joined in solidarity with the most oppressed among them? What would happen if ordinary Iranians from all walks of life began to don symbols of solidarity with the the one of the most oppressed forms of religion in Iran: the Bahá'í? What would happen if large numbers of Iranian students, when required to declare their religion on the university entrance forms that prevent Bahá'í Iranians from attending university, wrote “Zoastrian” on their form? What would happen if a growing chorus of Iranians began to proclaim “we are all Bahá'í!”
If the Iranians show solidarity with the most oppressed amongst their society, the people of Iran would undoubtedly emancipate not only the Bahá'í, but also themselves. A regime that has clung to power by scapegoating cultures and religions such as the Bahá'í for all of the country’s faults, ill's and problems could not long survive a challenge like this to its ruling and oppresive ideology.
The privileged majorities in Iran need to join in solidarity with the oppressed, This is vital for the struggle for universal justice in the country, then it is time to translate this spiritual truth into a social reality in Iran, Doing this would establish the people of Iran as the standard-bearers of contemporary struggles for justice all over the world, May the glory of such a distinction one day belong to the Iranian people.
Below is a video of the fight for Freedom in Iran from, June 2009.
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