This essay/posting by Andrew Sullivan is a must read on why the events happening in Iran right now are so important to the whole world:
It is worth reading in it’s entirety. Freedom is not a gift that can be given and democracy is not something that can be forced on someone. Both have to be desired, fought for, earned, and one by the people who want democracy. Furthermore it is a grave responsibility and requires ongoing vigilance to keep the freedoms we cherish.
This makes what is happening in Iran so special, so amazing. The Iranian people are earning their freedom with incredible courage against a pretty formidable and scary deck of cards stacked against them. They are literally putting their lives on the line. I admire them for it and hope we can live up to that example.