Monday, March 27, 2006

Speaking of Tolerance

And the People Truly Working For It

The Iran Freedom Concert was a success up at Harvard, bringing together people of different religions, tastes, politics and nationalities in order to demonstrate a positive solidarity with students in Iran. The organizers were nice enough to send me a link to some pictures from the show, as well as what the Boston Globe had to say about it.

For any new readers tuning in, we already started talking about Rock & Roll as foreign policy and though some naysayers may think this is just activism for activism's sake, I'll point out that there is a huge Iranian population in the West and the East who have Internet access and satellite television. This population overwhelmingly wants true freedom for the Iranian people, and I think that's something worth saying over and over until it becomes reality.


Dante said...

Since Pat mispelled "Dante" by writing "some naysayers" instead, I'll go ahead and throw out some more naysaying goodness:

Maybe I'm missing something here but when a whopping 100 (150 according to National Review) people show up to your concert, then yes you are engaged in activism for activism's sake. That might be a good night for a local band in a small bar, but for a world-changing event that's pretty small. More people have shown up to watch Mel and the Party Hats, Carrot Top, or the Wizard of Oz played with the Dark Side of the Moon's audio than went to that concert. The cosponsors were roughly 9% (or 6% depending on which numbers you prefer) of the total attendance.

Besides Pat, don't you know that you are falling into the neocons' clutches for supporting this concert in the first place?

Patrick Armstrong said...

The journey of a thousand miles, O naysayer*, the journey of a thousand miles.

*(of which there are more than one)

Dante said...

I'm aware that the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step but I usually don't tout that first step as a "success," especially if it's an incredibly tiny step. Maybe 2500 or 5000 steps in we can start talking "success." From what I've seen, we're merely dealing with "not a failure" which is not equivalent to "success."