Friday, July 12, 2002

More on Iran
John Weidner is organizing a post-fest on Iran, and as I've written about Iran a few times, I thought I would join in. The following is a statement from NZ Bear:

AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY

To show our support for the Iranian people, we each have agreed to display this letter, in English and in Farsi, on our pages from sunrise to sunset today, Tehran time.

We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.

What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.

Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:

- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties

- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny

We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.

And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.

And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come.


Wednesday, July 10, 2002

More signs of collapse in the Middle East

A prominent Iranian cleric has resigned. In an open letter announcing his resignation, he blasts the theocratic thugocracy for its many sins, including

suffering from a severe mismanagement, deception, corruption, bribery, rising unemployment and inflation, growing drug consumption

He also goes after the regime for it's permissive behavior towards reactionaries.

In a clear reference to the hard-line vigilantes who very often disrupt the political gatherings of the reformists, including the interruption sometimes of his own sermons, Taheri talked of "lackeys and fascists" whom he branded as a "mixture of ignorance and madness," having their "umbilical cord" connected to the "centers of power." They, he said, are completely uncontrolled and beyond the law.

This cleric, the Ayatollah Taheri, is no light-weight either. He crops up in many news stories from Iran, and has been a mover and shaker for 30 years. Check out any of the following if you are interested...


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Or, look him up on Google.

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

As Israeli action I cannot defend

The Israeli cabinet wants to prevent Israeli Arabs from living in various parts of Israel. This is a terrible idea. The Israelis cannot treat their Arab citizens like this, and still be considered a modern democratic nation. No one should be relegated to second class status on the basis of their parentage. I just hope the Israeli Supreme Court disallows this. The Court is usually leftist and dovish, so I think they probably will.

Monday, July 08, 2002

There may be more to that term than I thought...

In the post below I made a silly play on words, calling Islamic suicide attackers "Muslimplosions". Little did I know that the term would become even more apt after just a few days. I thought the term captured nicely both what happens to the Islamikazis, and what happens to their Islamist cause each time one of these fanatics propels himself into the hereafter.

Over the holiday weekend, I first saw this article that broadly describes a report from the UN on the political, cultural, and economic decline that is endemic to Arab nations. More evidence of the continuing Muslimplosion.

Now, in today's NRO, there is an article from Michael Ledeen on the ongoing disintegration of the theocratic thugs in Iran. Great news, no matter what comes after. More Muslimplosions to come.

Now is the time for the US to push, just enough, and in just the right places. Encourage the Iranian democracy movements; isolate the theocrats in Saudi Arabia by pulling out the rest of our troops, and move them to Oman and Kuwait; flatten the thugs in Baghdad, and then tell Syria that they're next.

Things seem quiet in our war against the Islamists, but there is an opportunity here for us to gain momentum with almost no risk. A statement of support from Powell, Rumsfeld, or Bush could encourage the reform movements in Iran, although I doubt it would be enough to tip over that horrible regime, it would be a step in the right direction. The idiots in the State department need to understand that although the Iranian regime hates us, most of the Iranian people look upon us much more favorably. We can bolster that pro-US factions by verbally siding with them against the thuggish mullahs.