Monday, October 08, 2007

Humanizing Iran


This image is from a series of pictures of people and places in Iran (HT: Greenwald). I'd like to remind the Bush administration and its supporters that those are real people they are talking about bombing. It's a shame that we have to remind ourselves of that.

Yes, we have many conflicts with the government of Iran, many areas where our interests are at odds. But we need to throw some very cold water on the fantasy that violence is the easy solution to all the world's problems.

This photo series made me ask myself: when was the last time I saw a picture of an Iranian other than Ahmadinejad or someone about to be executed? What if the only images of America someone saw were images of George W. Bush and the atrocities at Abu Ghraib? Wouldn't you want to show that person some other pictures? Take a look at these images from Iran (and one from California that got put in by mistake).

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