The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. - Ferdinand Foch
As I was going to sign in to upload a post unrelated to what I will instead talk about, my heart sank and my mouth went dry as I stared in awe at the Tumblr background image seen above. I was repeatedly electroshocked by the stark contrast of my reality.
The extraordinary potential of our world and our future is being annihilated by an elite group of supremely gluttonous animals, and those currently on the downside of luck in Istanbul and beyond need our immediate attention and support.
Our Turkish brothers and sisters are fighting for freedom, the same freedom we enjoy each and every day, and they need our help. Their ruthless dictator of a leader is carrying out inumane acts of violence and seizing local media outlets to silence their courageous efforts, and this is my effort to continually share their story and honor their strength, courage and will to push back.
My Turkish friend Ali says the following of the situation, via Facebook:
Many of you in one way or another have heard and seen the scenes that are unfolding in Turkey over the last few days. The only thing that hurts more than not being able to be there with friends and family is the fact that foreign media seems to be more willing to cover the events than its Turkish counterpart. This is the final conquest of a regime which has gained control over all arms of the government, social services and institutions. The events that you see today are reported as a protest against the development of a park in the centre of Istanbul, in reality they are the reaction against years of oppression and slow-but-sure erosion of a nation’s civil rights and liberties. The people of Turkey are fighting for the secular ideals of ATATURK upon which the nation was founded. The people of Turkey are fighting against a corrupt police force, a bought and paid for media and a bigoted despot who this afternoon threatened to “hang a few bodies from those trees”.
Please do what you can to spread the news of these most intolerable and inhumane acts.
Reuters Article with more information found here.