Beating and kidnapping a "human rights lawyer" - no matter what order those actions came in - just isn't nice. It's not much better if it can be presented as an "arrest."
I'm not going to work on the sympathy approach. I'm not at all sure of the social status of lawyers, here in America, as more people realize how much wacky lawsuits cost them.
It does appear, though, that one more person in Iran has been - and, most likely, is being - punished for expressing ideas that the country's leaders find distasteful.
That's not right.
And, in the long run, I think it's self-destructive. The ayatollahs' methods for crushing criticism of their alleged presidential election - and what they've done to Iran - doesn't seem to be quieting down.
- "Neda Agha Soltan's Death was 'Staged' - Officially"
(July 1, 2009)
- "Ahmadinejad and Neda's Death: There's Going to be an 'Investigation' "
(June 29, 2009)
- "Protesting Election Fraud is 'Waging War Against God' - Ayatollah Khatami"
(June 28, 2009)
- "Pray for Neda: And Learn About the Real Iran"
(June 26, 2009)
- "CIA Shot Neda: Old Story, New Names"
(June 26, 2009)
- "Iran: 'Terrorists' Killed Neda Agha Soltan - Officially"
(June 24, 2009)
- "Iran: Win the Election, Lose the Country?"
(June 15, 2009)
- "Be Grateful for News Translated Into English - And Be Aware"
(March 24, 2009)
- "New York Times Prints Ersatz Letter, or All the News That's Fit to Fake"
(December 22, 2008)
- "Group: Human rights lawyer detained as Iran unrest spirals"
CNN (July 19, 2009)
- "Iran arrests prominent feminist lawyer"
AFP, via IC Publications (July 17, 2009)
- "IRAN: Human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr reportedly arrested"
Los Angeles Times (July 17, 2009)