The moving finger writes and, having writ,
moves on: nor all your piety and wit
shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
nor all your tears wash out a word of it
If Fitzgerald was making his rather loose translation of Omar Khayyam today he might have to revise this part to talk about the movie camera rather than the moving finger, but the sentiment would be precisely the same.
This thought came to me as I caught this latest offering on YouTube. It’s not the first, nor will it be the last, but it’s well worth a look: a pictorial compilation of the protest to date (providing the yellowbellies at YouTube don’t take it down like they have others of a similar ilk). It’s scripted in Persian, but you’ll get the point pretty quickly. Watch it and think that this and all the other pics and videos of the last week are up on the web, pretty much indelible reminders to everyone of what went on. It is a pictorial history the current regime will never be able to escape. It will haunt them to the end of their days. After all, if Iran is ever to get back on its feet even under a religious dictatorship, it is going to have to reopen the digital channels to the world at some stage … or is that a rather bigger assumption than I think? If not, other dictatorial regimes – and their opponents – might like to take note.