I'm not sure if I've ever touched on this area of my past before in my blog, but for a few years in the early 1980's, a man became a part of my life, and made quite an impact on me. His name was Rajhab (I've had no news of him in decades) and he was my mother's second husband. He was from Tehran, but in that volatile time, told any who asked that he was Turkish. He was strict, but fair, cared for my mother and I very much, and taught me a lot of valuable lessons about life. He even wished that my mother and I come with him to live in Tehran, but it was something my mother finally decided against. I may never know why/how it came to pass that he was unable to return to us from his visit to Iran, but I know he longed for something that to this day Iran still lacks. Freedom.
Iraq has it now, though the road will be tough, but Iran is still under the thumb of a cruel and vicious leader.
One of my favorite sites for this struggle, which I began visiting many years ago is www.daneshjoo.org I will add this to my links to the right as well. I have also joined the "Blog Iran" web ring to help raise the awareness of this situation. Often times, those of us in the U.S. get the wrong impression about this situation. I think it is helpful to know that there are millions is Iran who love peace, resent the terrorists who perpetrated 9/11, and who so very much want a free and democratic Iran.
I for one stand by them. For Rajhab, and all Iranians longing for freedom.