March 20th, 2009

In Which We Praise Omid Mir Sayafi

by Philip Baruth

We kid here at VDB. That’s what bloggers do: kid on a daily basis, as a sharp spur to try to make politicians, and voters, do what’s right. And maybe it works, and maybe it doesn’t. But either way, no one gets murderous about it. Not so in Iran: blogger Omid Mir Sayafi just “committed suicide” in an Iranian prison, where he was being held on charges of insulting the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Peace be unto the soul of Sayafi. In his memory we insult a supreme leader of our own, to show the world that we can do it and live.