Iran exposed again

After so many busts so far, we have witnessed a new embarrassment to Iran’s image at the international scene. Unlike in previous cases when the Islamic leadership made up excuses, most of which were twice as lame as they could be legitimate (the laptop possession denial, the timely confession about the underground facility), this time it hasn’t made a minimum effort to conceal the essence behind another unsuccessful operation.

I am talking about the recent shipment of weapons on an Antiguan ship caught by the Israeli military. The huge arsenal was allegedly traveling to Lebanon which reportedly violates a UN arms embargo imposed on the country. The reaction of the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki – calling the action “official piracy in the name of inspection” – speaks for itself. His statement must be interpreted as a revelation that Iran does officially the best it can to wipe Israel off the map of the world. He officially criticizes the Israeli operation instead of trying to think of another lie that would partially conceal Iran’s most recent shame in front of the world.

It doesn’t matter much whether the Islamic leadership is trying to fulfill President Ahmadinejad’s alleged dream through WMDs or through helping anti-Israeli militant groups, except for the intelligence agencies. What matters is how to put an end to the Iranian government’s ambitions – which are to acquire WMDs and to wipe Israel off the map.

I said it before and I will say it again. The Iranian people has gone through a lot of unfortunate circumstances. They have seen few good both from their corrupt governments – regardless of whether it was during the rule of a Shah or that of a Supreme Leader – and from the Western world which let Saddam Hussein violate international law by using biological weapon against them, and also of stripping a democratically elected Prime Minister of power because of an oil scandal – something that even U.S. President Barack Obama confessed. What we have seen recently (their protest against the election results) is their discontent toward Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Western world (including Israel).

With such circumstances, all that the Iranian people need to do, in my opinion, is change of their system from an Islamic one to a secular one with preventive policies against corruption which is among the main reasons for the outbreak of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. It is both to their good and to everybody else’s good, otherwise they risk having their country further isolated, and isolation in today’s world of advancing technology and globalization can only be unfortunate for them, especially after several decades when people will use different sources of energy from the black gold.


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7 responses to “Iran exposed again

  1. GHcool

    The interception of a ship carrying five hundred tons of weapons believed to be from Iran and earmarked to Hezbollah underscores the already obvious truth that Iran supports terrorism, is a destabilizing force in the Middle East, and counters American interests in the region.

  2. The last paragraph’s point for secularizing the Iranian government sounds very endearing. However, I’m afraid, it is one of those things that are easier said than done, especially by a nation whose centuries of history are rooted in Islamic tradition and values shaped by this.
    If Iran (its people and government) were evaluating the situation as you are – in terms of isolation in a globalizing world – the issue wouldn’t have been that severe; their actions – more restrained. What we’re witnessing now is an absolute disregard for International regulations and foreign concerns shaped by a different value system. Us and them – we simply don’t use the same scales to measure things up and such misunderstanding only deepens the already vast abyss between our worlds. Ironically, our fates are connected as long as there are fingers, on both sides, able of touching a red button.

  3. I agree with both of you.

    Dima, “those things” (easier said than done) is technically everything in life. It is just that, in my opinion, talking about an issue puts the beginning of positive changes. Besides that, my other concern is the lack of knowledge about the situation in Iran that a lot of people have. After 4 years of listening to “Axis of Evil” (Iran, Iraq and North Korea), my observation is that some people stopped discerning people from government and government from kind of government (level of democracy, structure of government, politicians’ reputation both within the country and internationally).

    Don’t get me wrong! The book that you gave me said it more than once that the majority of the Iranians live in poverty, in small towns and villages where they have few opportunities to develop as persons other than listening to the local clergyman. Addressing this issue is not just easier said than done but it is also next to impossible which, however, still makes it attainable.

  4. dimslg

    Excellent points, Dimitar!

    I completely share your ideas and hopes for positive changes.

    You are absolutely right – way too many people have blindly adopted the goal of annihilating the Axis of Evil, without knowing what that implies or who is involved. The lack of knowledge on both sides is frightening. Some large numbers of the Iranian people at least have the legitimate excuse of living in severe poverty, lack of education, propaganda, etc. What excuses do we have?!

  5. One of the excuses that we have, I think, is the dynamics of our everyday life. We are often so busy that we have no time to pay attention to anything besides ourselves which is absolutely fine until the time when we stop questioning the way information is presented to us. It’s not that the mainstream media never discuss the essence of the issue, it’s rather that they don’t do it as often as they should. There can be two reasons for this:

    1. Time restriction. It takes them more time to write/talk about it.
    2. Simplicity. Unfortunately, I observe that most of the mainstream media assume that people would find “Hello!” too long and hard to understand than just “Hi!”, if you know what I mean.

    A third reason, though a very unlikely one, could be that they assume that people already know about it and don’t need to read about, or listen to, it anymore. In other words, they don’t think it is as important to mention it as I do.

  6. Ahh, I don’t know anymore, Dimitar.

    I fear that we are slowly but steadily moving to the Dark Ages again. It seems to me our overindulging society is so busy and yet so comfortable, amused and entertained, that it’s close to impossible to care. It’s difficult to imagine extreme poverty and hunger while you’re throwing away food daily, supersizing portions, ordering food on the phone and texting away the money that could feed a village in Chad for a month.

    Also, media is big on entertaining us, making us laughing our heads off. Well, the psychological technique is called Reciprocal inhibition and it poses that we cannot feel two opposite emotions at the same time. Naturally then, if you’re amused/laughing/(hardly happy) it would be impossible to feel concern/sadness, etc.

    I don’t buy the time restriction argument. There seems to be plenty of time to discuss trivial local issues and the contestants in reality shows. Well, of course, we only care what happens in our own backyard. And gradually, people have been desensitized to the interconnectedness between countries in every part of the world, especially in this globalized world, as you said.

    The media, I think, is right on the money to assume some people find ‘Hello’ too long. Well, it is true for a lot of the viewers. People don’t want to feel intimidated, uncomfortable or made feel stupid and while we are trying to sell this ‘feel good’ media programming, we avoid any info that may depreciate the ‘feeling good’ department. And this is no longer just valuing simplicity (I am all for it myself), but this is borderline idiotic.

    Oh, you got me now and I’ve reveled one of my biggest fears … The Dark Ages of the New Time.

  7. Speaking of Chad, Paul Collier in his book “The Bottom Billion” discusses that 99% of the money given by the Western world for renovating a Chadian hospital disappeared. Merely 1% reached the hospital. Successful projects in countries like Chad are rare, and most of the time come true if the money is not touched by a government official but is given to certain organizations such as, I would say, Heifer International.

    If that will make you feel better, I rarely throw away my food (except if it is junk, then I don’t care but I am very much mad at myself when I have to throw away rotten food or one whose date has expired) 🙂 but throwing away food is not that serious.

    Why I am saying that is because the food that someone is throwing away was already bought, that is, businesses benefited from your money which puts them in a better position of expanding themselves in Africa and elsewhere. As long as one keeps buying food, businesses don’t care what he or she is doing with it – that is – whether they eat it, give it to their pet or throw it away.

    I know that you were actually discussing how much such a person could be concerned about places where food is scant though, and I definitely agree with you on that.

    In other words, the result is paradoxical. The Dark Ages of the New Time both exist and don’t exist. It depends on what side of the coin you are looking and also from what angle you are looking at a particular side of the coin.

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