“Iran is the fifth-largest distributor of oil” according to the New York Times. This income from oil gives the Iranian leadership enough revenue to support a military regime that keeps power by threats and murder.
Iran is a country highly dependent on the revenue from oil. Even now, with a green movement afoot, oil provides many countries with massive amounts of revenue that sometimes lead to an abuse of power, such as is now occurring in Iran.
Americans can do their part to limit the power of the leadership in Iran by using their feet for transportation rather than a car. Walking about town for local errands saves gas and is good for your health too. Think of the protestors on the streets in Iran risking their lives for a truthful election. They are fighting for their future.
We need to do that too. Right now the oil rich countries have too much power over the world. We are dependent on the oil they supply. This makes diplomacy more difficult and make if a tough call for any president to decide how to react if unrest comes to a country which is a strong force in oil supply for the world.
Now with revolt afoot in Iran, it is a perfect time to vow to lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil. If we all do our part and drive only when essential it is a step in the direction of limiting our need for foreign oil.
So leave the car parked as much as possible this summer. Get out your walking sneakers and enjoy a stroll about town as you do your errands. Life is nice at a slower pace and every walk will show you some wonder of nature even if you live in an urban area.
Someday our country may be in a situation like the people of Iran are experiencing. Our dependence on oil may someday cause leadership here to make foolish decisions that do not support the wishes of the American people. We may find ourselves in the same situation of needing mass protest over issues related to oil or war as long as our dependence on foreign oil exists.
So step outside, take a walk, save gas and feel proud that you are doing your part to stem the flow of oil from Iran to America. The oil rich government of Iran needs a reality check. It needs to see that the world is horrified by its behavior. Iran is using murder of innocent citizens to quell unrest and protest against the election. That is never acceptable.
So don’t be part of Iran’s evil regime. Avoid using the car as much as possible. It is amazing how long a tank of gas lasts when one only uses the car for essentials, not for flitting about town doing errands.
Do it for Neda and for all the other Iranians who have lost their lives in the election protests. It is time to take a stand against the leadership of Iran. Just say no to wasting gas and supporting a regime that distorts reality and subjects its citizens to violence and murder.
T. Friedman: “Bullets and Barrels” in NY Times.