Lincoln speech at Khavaran

by Fred

One score and twelve years ago few of our fathers brought forth on this land a new dogma, conceived in enslavement, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil struggle, testing whether that dogma, or any dogma, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that struggle. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that Iran might one day live in liberty. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men and women, living and dead, who struggle here in Iran, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did and still do here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far not achieved. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall be installed.


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So Costly a Sacrifice upon the Altar of Freedom

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I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.



by Fred on

Couldn’t agree more with you on MKO’s ideology, but in a democratic Iran they too will have the right to their opinion and should not pay for it with their lives.

Besides, Khavaran and many many other sacred mass graves in Iran hold Iranians with different political beliefs which ultimately wanted a better life for Iranians.


I dont have a problem recognizing they died for a cause

by mahmoudg on

But not for a second would I replace the Islamist Rapists of Iran with those of the ideology of the MKO, and its other offshoots.  Iran must be steered towards a western style democracy and nothing of any other kind.   These guys would have liked to push Iran still towards an Islam centric form of government.  AND THAT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I HAVE A WORLD OF TROUBLE WITH.