February 08, 2005

A realistic contrast

Posted by Daryoush

Freedom of speech can possibly end up in freedom of action, except probably in Iran and the United States. It may sound a little bit incongruous with the idealistic picture we have of the US in mind, but it is true. Yet, it may be very much troubling for many people to acknowledge that despite all despotism in Iran, there are certain freedoms and within that same ‘obscurantism’ dictated by the state, the people of Iran have a much broader political knowledge (and with some caution, responsibility) than the American people.

Why do I suggest this comparison? Because I strongly believe that, as I have said in the past, there is a very striking resemblance between the American politicians and their Iranian opponents. They feed on this apparent opposition. However, at a deeper level, they both seek their own survival.

Perhaps, it does not seem so irrelevant if we focus on launching a campaign against the promotion of nuclear power by the Iranian government. It seems fine so far. No wise person would advocate the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the notorious ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ in any part of the world. However, the major concern behind this opposition is peace and preservation of life for everyone (and making ALL nations accountable including the US and Israel). Let us suppose, for one minute, that instead of sounding the alarm against a war triggered by the Americans, we concentrate on denouncing the so called anti-democratic policies of Iran. What happens next? Iran may possibly become a modern colony of the United States. Is this what we are seeking? If we go ahead by legitimising the modern, so called liberating ‘state sponsor of terror’, which is in my opinion the United States, when do you imagine we will be able to combat this consolidated power and institutionalized ignorance already developed and promoted by force of gun and our credulous ignorance?

I do not think that the central issue is whether we should oppose an American led war against Iran or not, even if it is in terms of mere hollow threats used as a trial balloon. There are more important things at stake. Freedom, liberalism and democracy are the targets of this modern war on human liberties. I do not see much difference on the levels of governments between Iranian governors and the Americans. There are more or less the same ideas for a virtual propaganda on war. We have to be concerned about people and how power is to be shared and made accountable in the world. The US politics does not show such promising signs. This is what we have to be worried about.

February 8, 2005 12:49 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Well written. If I am intpreting your arguements correctly, the broad expanses in governmental power have decayed the very values they export. I think the root cancer of all foreign, financial, and domestic problems is excessive intervention.

For domestic affairs give the patriot act II a read.
http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/Terrorism/patriot2draft.html
It is an eye opener! The intent is to strengthen wartime powers and to never allow those power to expire via an ill defined target.

This expands on patriot act I (google CRS Report for Congress The USA PATRIOT Act: A Legal Analysis
April 15 2002, 78pg pdf. for clarification)

For the act itself see/google condensed writing of hr3162 at a portly 378 pages all of which were shoved upon congress just hours before it was voted on. (They don't read what they vote on a whole lot anymore..)

Compare these two acts with Rebuilding America’S Defenses Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century 90pg pdf.) which was written in 2000. One can argue the impetus for intervention has been smoldering for a long time.

At the end of the day, it still comes down to how well the americans can demonize the mullahs. All I can say is that the more politically vocal the masses are at an emphatic "no" on regime change the better off they will be at avoiding a potential war.

Posted by: Screech at February 9, 2005 02:05 AM

thanks a lot for A great effort on the no war campaign. Just two suggestions: 1) please add a counter to your no-war scrap book, like "this many people so far supported no ware agianst Iran". 2) Also I would suggest to add a "slideshow" mode to it, i.e. showing all pictures one after another, each 1 sec long or such. You can do it by using one of photo album software availble on web, oor other means like SMIL.

Best Regards

Posted by: Just An Input at February 9, 2005 08:24 AM

Right, there are more layers to this so-called "Liberating" proposal of the Unites States. The most inner one, I reckon, is not the government, but it is rather the main body of people, who need to be well-informed about the consequences of the proposed war. The main weapons to fight back, will be the media. However, personally I don't believe this war will ever happen physically -for many reasons- but mentally it has been on for a while now. Well done for the effort to set up this page, we need to speak out...

Posted by: Orkideh at February 9, 2005 02:55 PM

Right, there are more layers to this so-called "Liberating" proposal of the Unites States. The most inner one, I reckon, is not the government, but it is rather the main body of people, who need to be well-informed about the consequences of the proposed war. The main weapons to fight back, will be the media. However, personally I don't believe this war will ever happen physically -for many reasons- but mentally it has been on for a while now. Well done for the effort to set up this page, we need to speak out...

Posted by: Orkideh at February 9, 2005 02:55 PM