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The West does Nothing as Iranian Blogger Beaten to Death
Posted By AIM Newswire On December 30, 2012 @ 1:30 am In AIM Newswire | No Comments
TEHRAN — An Iranian blogger, Sattar Beheshti, was a normal Iranian civilian. He was unemployed, single, and started a blog, “My Life for Iran” to pass the time. Little did he know that it would become the reason for his death.
Beheshti lamented his unemployment woes as a laborer and noted the troubles of others like him during the employment crisis in Iran. He also filled it with personal stories and experiences for his audience, but expressed his concern about employment and his future.
Iran is not alone in this situation, due to the huge youth population coming of age at the most inconvenient time for most Middle Eastern countries. It has been estimated that about 60% of the region are under the age of 30, something that significantly strains the rigid economies of the region.
Over time, Beheshti became a strong critic of the Islamic regime, faulting Iran’s support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, the brutal treatment of human rights activists in Iran, and the inconsistencies in statements by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini. After that, he became a target of the regime’s revolutionaries and enforcement apparatus.
His last post was October 29 of this year, where he mentioned the threats of the internet police, saying that “Yesterday they threatened me and told me your mother will soon be wearing black”. The next day, he was arrested by the cyber police, and a week later, his bloody and beaten body was dropped off at his mother’s home.
Occurrences like these have happened for years, but because of the struggling economy in Iran, this could lead to a very contentious presidential election this coming June next year. But, it has drawn the attention of the international community.
The United Nations, U.S. and other Western countries condemn this act and others like it, but as other events such as the eurozone’s economic crisis and the U.S.’s fiscal cliff take center stage, this will soon step into the background. These public condemnations, without being coupled to further action, amounts to sitting on one’s hands on part of the West. But, that is business as usual in light of the West’s financial struggles.
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