No War on Iran!

Friday, March 10, 2006

The text below is my quick translation of a piece by Saeed Ebrahim Habibi, a member of the same student organization through which Afshari once carried out his political activities. The post is a reflection on and objection to the speech of Afshari and Atri to the U.S. Congress.

The translation consists of all of the links of the original post, along with the photos that were included therein. Please be warned that the pictures are very graphic.

In peace,
Niki Akhavan

The Ends Do Not Justify the Means

There are certain fragments from history, which though they may have depths that are yet to be discovered, are nonetheless instructive. The relationship between Iran and the U.S. constitutes one such fragment. I do not intend to be longwinded because I think the issue is so clear that it does not need much elaboration. In brief, the subject at hand concerns the trip of two hardworking friends to D.C. where they asked Republican (!) and Democratic (!) senators for their help with Human Rights issues in Iran. We can defer for now the discussion of the tragic Human Rights situation in Iran, since we all know it very well and we all suffer from it. However, what I am moved to write about now is motivated by a serious objection to two aspects of the form and content of these speeches.

First, this conference began with the speech of Senator Rick Santorum, the leader (sic) of the Republican party. He is behind the “Iran Freedom and Support Act of 2005” which offers a referendum as a solution to Iran’s problems and which allocates 10 million dollars towards this and related activities. The presence of two of the architects of the referendum plan alongside this person, especially in the U.S. congress, is to me not only unjustifiable but also taints them. Besides, the two gentlemen introduced themselves as leaders and representatives of the student movement, and this is an obvious error since they neither consulted any relevant groups in this regard nor do they in any case hold such a rank among them. And if they went simply as two activists who represent a social movement, then they have made an even bigger error because then their presence in the Congress can only be interpreted as an appeal to and dependence upon a foreign power. While it is evident that internal changes impact external ones, but in order to have influence on what happens outside one must either have power or be rooted in a social movement. It would have been useful if the two gentlemen told us in all honesty about their motivations.

Secondly, if we assume that this was an opportunity to ask the Republicans for help in protecting Human Rights, it must first be proven that the U.S. in general pursues the adherence to Human Rights—which I do not think it does—or at least one should point to their previous violations of Human Rights so that we can somewhat (and only somewhat!) decrease the chances that they would recur.

I wont for now get into a discussion of exploitation and imperialism, but I will say this much: for capitalists human rights comes down to protection of their capital and nothing else.

Sometimes images can have a deeper and more penetrating impact than words. I believe that U.S. intervention in international affairs has been accompanied with much bitterness. I doubt that history will ever forget the fact that the U.S. has been the only nation to use the nuclear bomb.

Democracy was the excuse behind the Vietnam war as well. Four million people paid with their lives for the U.S pursuit of democracy.

Mr. Afshari and Mr. Atri, it would have been good if you had said something about Iraq as well. Merely stating your opposition to a military invasion is not enough. Being silent about Iraq or asking for help from the enemy can bear no justification. Children are sacrificed in the pursuit of this type of democracy.

On the anniversary of Mossadeq, it is very bitter to thank “all those who have given us the opportunity to speech to Congress and its respected members”. What would have been the harm in making but the slightest reference to the Coup d’etat of 1953? What about the coup d’etat of 9/11 against the people of Chile? And is human rights anything but the rights of those people who gathered around Mossadeq and the Allende?

Those who know and those who do not know me will know that my condemnations of U.S. international policy is in no way sanctions more than 25 years of human rights violations in Iran. Nor does it dismiss Ali’s [Afshari] hard work in Iran and the heavy price he paid in prison. My worry is only about the future that may come about if indecent means are justified in pursuit of our goals.


At 10:41 PM, Blogger Ruben said...

Vietnam was a disaster of a war that should have never happened. But the North Viet Cong NLF was a brutal Stalinist regime that wanted to ursurp South Vietnam.

Operation Ajax was a US joint plot with the UK against a potential Soviet Client. How come you dont include the Abadan Crisis that cost Iran 10 million dollars a month in debt after Mossadeq expelled Western investors and nationalized the oil? That plunged the nation into an economic crisis. He joined forces with the radical Islamists and the Tudeh Party to ursurp power from the Shah and gain total military control. Who knows where Mossadeq couldve taken Iran, possibly a gulag?

On Allende. The US role in the coup was minimal to no participation. I've read three MARXIST books on Chile within five to ten years of the coup and all assert that the 1973 Coup was totally Chilean. Allende dug his own grave by implementing land reforms that angered the peasents and ripping the Chilean Constitution to shreds. He was abandoned by the Christian Democrats when they sided with the right wing parties to ask Allende to resign. Look up the famous March of pots and pans where thousands of people took to the street asking Allende to resign or to be removed from office. The Chilean military took direct advantage of the situation and decided to act with no help from the CIA.

On Iraq, civilian casualties are a horrible thing to witness, but the US was and is not targeting children. Its a propaganda ploy to post such pics as say that it is US aggression and imperialism. Why not show pics of the dozens of kids killed by Saddam Hussien in his three attempts at imperialism in Iran, Kurdistan and Kuwait?

Your blog is one sided and narrow minded. Granted I am not an apologist for US Cold War policy but I am no where near the mind you harbor in thinking of the US as an imperial force bent on hegemony.

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At 2:28 PM, Blogger supergirlest said...

i just stumbled across your blog...

i disagree with ruben. i think the u.s. is an imperial force bent on hegemony. as far as the u.s. forces "not targeting children" - well, they weren't NOT targeting children either. it doesn't make the attrocities ok.

i'm terrified that yet another war will break out with iran. it. just. can't. happen.

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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well done, keep it on ...

At 4:06 AM, Blogger Tadit kundu said...

Bravo! nice work!! and that even in America??!! I am happy to see that Americans will find successors to Noam Chomsky.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger View from America said...

The world loves to hate America. If the US leaves a country alone or does business with - it supports a tyrannical regime. If it attempts to liberate the oppressed or fight off an oppressive invader - it is an imperialist.

'Imperialism' was coined in the sixteenth century, reflecting the imperial policies of Portugal, Spain, Britain, France, and the Netherlands into Africa, and the Americas.

The world forgets that America once wore the yolk of colonization - and all states and territories had to petition for membership. America built it's world relations on the foundation of democracy, individual freedom and anti-imperialism.

It's friends are among the strongest freest, economic autonomous countries in the world. And powerful too - the US is very happy for the emergence and sucess of the European Union.

For much of it's history, the United States was entirely neutral. This stance allowed it to be attacked on several occasions. Such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, at 8:00 AM, on December 7, 1941

There were many reasons, at the time, why the US regretably used the atom bomb. Ask China, the Phillipines, Tailand, Burma, The Soloman Islands, India how they felt when the Japanese attacked without provocation - and what the Japanese did to the prisoners at Nanking, Burma or Bataan.

Japan and Germany were working on the atomic bomb also - it is certain that Japan would have used it against the United States. After all, Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi (The Italian Scientist) invented the bomb. Before his defection in Sweeden, Fermi was an axis power scientist.

After a successful detonation at Bikini Atoll, President Truman weighed the decision to use it with his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Marshall.

Marshall explained to Truman that a quarter of a million lives would be lost (100,000 American) To take the main Island of Japan. No one at the time knew exactly what the extent of the damage would be. Even the Japanese thought the first was a massive cluster bomb campaign. Apparently, it killed about 200,000 Japanese - mostly civilians.

Mossadegh was removed from power on August 19, 1953, in a coup d'état, supported and funded by the British and U.S. governments and led by General Fazlollah Zahedi. The operation came to be known as Operation Ajax in America, after its CIA cryptonym, and as the "28 Mordad 1332" coup in Iran, after its date on the Iranian calendar. Dr. Mosaddeq was imprisoned for three years and subsequently put under house arrest until his death.

In Iran and many countries, Mosaddeq is known as a hero of Third World anti-imperialism and victim of imperialist greed. However, a number of scholars and historians believe that alongside the plotting of the UK and US, a major factor in his overthrow was Mossadeq's loss of support among Shia clerics and the traditional middle class[disputed], brought on by his increasingly radical and secular policies and by their fear of a communist takeover.

He was clearly another participant and casualty in the cold war between Stalinist USSR and the US.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger thinking dove said...

Of Course, Iran working towards Nuclear weapons.

Can you blame them for it? Two national governments on their borders have been overthrown. Israel has threatened them with air strikes…

A Nuclear Weapon is a defensive weapon.

Ever notice that North Korea and Pakistan can resist the United States,,, What do they have in common?
They are both Nuclear Powers.

It is simple bigotry that Iran is not being allowed to develop atomic weapons. Why shouldn’t an Islamic hereditary theocracy be allowed to build I.C.B.M.s?

A nuclear middle-east will be a peaceful middle-east because of Mutually assured destruction. Mutually assured destruction kept the peace between the United States and the Soviet Union for decades.

Atomic bombs are defensive weapons because they make victory impossible for anyone.

Nuclear proliferation is going to happen sooner or later any way.
Technology always spreads. Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese, but now everyone has it. Even the most isolated illiterate tribesman carrys an assualt rifle when he goes to war.

In the future, every Mullah, Generalismo, and Warlord will have the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at one another. But, they will also be threatened with the same thing coming back at them. War shall become obsolete and peace shall prevail.

Support Iran, Support Nuclear Proliferation, Support World Peace.

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At 12:36 AM, Blogger Nikou Hosseinzadeh said...

This is a nice blog about the other side of Iran and its people.

Nikou Hosseinzadeh

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Energetic said...

Oh my God, some pictures are very strong! Stop the war!

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At 8:25 AM, Blogger Afarin Maleki said...

There shall be no war on Iran! The Jews and American can only speak ill of the country but will have no guts or glory. We will destroy the Jews! Insha'Allah the Americans will get another slap inthe face like 9/11.

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