Tuesday, February 22


The Iranians had a swift and terrible answer for the blogosphere's well-publicized, coordinated campaign today to lobby for the release of jailed Iranian blogger-journalists Arash Sigarchi and Mojtaba Saminejad. It simply couldn't be a coincidence. In what appears to be a clear message to the free bloggers of the world, the Iranians told us to all go to hell. And that's exactly where they sent Arash today. He was convicted by the Revolutionary Court of multiple offenses, including espionage, and sentenced to 14 years in prison. And in Iran, they toss the political prisoners in with the hardcore criminals for added emphasis. This is serious stuff we're engaged in and consequences abound. It makes me doubly fearful of the fate that awaits Farouz Farzami, who I have written about extensively.

We who joined in the campaign in this country may have nothing to fear but fear itself, but for our Iranian counterparts tapping away on a keyboard and posting their viewpoints may be a surefire, one-way ticket to the Gulag. In Iran, its the bloggers who fall victim to the blog swarm, not the tyrants and corrupt officials. Sadly, it's a whole different world there.

Let's all go back and read President Bush's Second Inaugural Address!

There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant. And that is the force of human freedom.

We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

Update worth reading.