Take a few minutes, and watch this short video:
Watch this short Youtube video.
Just a 13 year old girl singing her heart out to Adele.
Nothing out of the ordinary, except that this girl is in Iran.
She has a name, Tara, is from Tehran, and a gorgeous voice.
She's only been singing for one year.
Like every other country on earth, Iran is filled with girls like this, and families that adore them.
Next time you hear some jerk of a politician throw out words like "sanctions" or "war", think of who the victims are.
Sanctions and war hurt girls like this, not the dictators.
The people that war hurts....they look like, and sound like, this angel.
Funny how if we see through the veils of fear, and listen through the drums of the war-mongers,
we see and hear our own children, our own humanity, wrapped up together.
(It would have been just as angelic, had she sung a traditional Perisan melody, or a song in Chinese, or a Celtic lullaby, or....)
Image of Adele is from Shutterstock: http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?searchterm=adele&x=0&y=0&search_group=&lang=en&search_source=search_form#id=83652673
Image of Tara is from: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2012/03/02/iranian-girl-covers-adeles-someone-like-you-video/