As the Trump administration turns the screws ever tighter on the Iranian people with worsening sanctions, it’s critical to remember Iran and its people are as human as we are; that they are suffering as much or more than we are with the Covid19 epidemic; and that they deserve all the compassion that any nation suffering under such unbearable sorrow would deserve.
I’m pleased that nine U.S. senators and Joe Biden have demanded that sanctions be lifted so Iran may important critical medical supplies allowing its health workers to treat the hundreds of thousands of Coronavirus victims. Of course, this is unlikely to happen. The brutalist thugs in the White House must have their pound of flesh.
In the meantime, please take a look at this slideshow featuring the remarkable artistry of Iranian cartoonist, Alireza Pakdel. It will remind you that whether Chinese, Italian, Iranian, Israeli or American, our health care workers are the ultimate heroes. They are literally sacrificing their lives to protect us from this scourge. Note too that these angels of mercy are not Iranian. There is no nationalism in this art. It is a pure celebration of the healing arts and all it gives to humanity. If only our own leaders could learn from this example.