February 08, 2005

Mission Statement

Posted by NoWarOnIran!

The escalated public discourse about a possible military attack on Iran has alarmed many Iranians in Iran and its diaspora. As Iranians who are concerned about the implications of a war on our country, we have created this weblog to build a platform for preemptive dissent. In addition to our concerns about the fatalities of war, we are also troubled by the suppression of dissent in the U.S. and in Iran, and believe that war profoundly perpetuates civil repression.

Recent history has shown that the U.S. ratification of international laws does not prevent it from pursuing its expansionist project. For this reason, we do not rule out the possibility of a military attack on Iran. We recognize that transnational networks of power, including the media, corporations, fundamentalist movements, and non-governmental organizations, reveal the inadequacy of the "international" model. Therefore, we suggest an analysis that is attentive to the global phenomena that characterize the so called "war on terror."

It is clear to us that the post 9/11 crusade of the United States relies on a Manichean and colonial logic that situates "Western freedom and democracy" in opposition to "Islamic backwardness and tyranny." We resist such discursive binary constructions that reproduce colonial legacies, and instead locate these forms of knowledge-production within the gendered and raced global capitalist relations. We question the taken-for-granted notions of terror, freedom, democracy, and fundamentalism, by pointing to the contradictions that mark hegemonic usage of such tropes.

The current contributors of No War on Iran come from different disciplines and backgrounds. However, we are committed to the analytical approaches that we have highlighted above and strongly refuse to become complicit with discourses that legitimize war in the name of "liberty" and "democracy."

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Posted by: manouchehr at February 8, 2005 05:20 AM

I side with America that Iran is a threat, but really not more than we are ourselves. I will never understand how we are condeming countries for persuing nuclear weapons when weare persuing bunker busting bumbs.

I doubt that Iran will be invaded... but I said the same thing about Iraq...

Posted by: Kevin Ballie at February 9, 2005 03:01 AM

hi
dont remember the imam khomeini speech :
usa can do nothing

Posted by: karami at February 9, 2005 08:59 AM

A suggestion. You too have hearts and minds to win. The last invasion was successful politically partially because of an 'othering' that occured. It was part of the dichotomous language you mentioned.

But a picture is worth a thousand words. There's a lovely blog called The Damascene - where Ayman posts pictures of people, places, ordinary events. It's hard to 'other' when you see real people, bustling streets, food vendors ... it's like New York with palm trees. The pictures of *people* especially are useful, and the fact that they aren't contrived like newspaper pictures. We don't want people's bullshit detectors going off. We don't want to lie.

I don't know if it will work on everyone, but I figure it's harder to kill someone you 'know'.

Posted by: elendil at February 10, 2005 01:10 AM

"It is clear to us that the post 9/11 crusade of the United States relies on a Manichean and colonial logic that situates "Western freedom and democracy" in opposition to "Islamic backwardness and tyranny." We resist such discursive binary constructions that reproduce colonial legacies, and instead locate these forms of knowledge-production within the gendered and raced global capitalist relations. We question the taken-for-granted notions of terror, freedom, democracy, and fundamentalism, by pointing to the contradictions that mark hegemonic usage of such tropes. "


Wow. That's the logical equivalent of a forced ceasarian birth if I ever saw one. The US has no intent of invading Iran. It would be stupid. High risk, high cost, no benefit.

The US will take no military action against Iran. Not now, not then, not ever. There simply isn't anything in Iran worth going to war over. The Europeans, Russians, and Israelis are much more likely to take action than the US.

In reality, none of them will attack unless the Mullahs paint them into a corner. Iraq is a buy one and get one for free deal. Why spoil it?

What we are seeing is more likely the result of a propaganda campaign. The hard-liners almost lost power last election. They had to disqualify hundreds of reformist candidates in order to make sure that they would remain in power. By working the people up about an impending invasion, they secure their grip on power. Won't matter. Ashura, Pilgrims, Najaf, scholars, and clerics will be their undoing.

Posted by: american at February 11, 2005 12:45 AM