Iran and the Americans
By David Peterson at Jun 22, 2009
Can anyone tell me whether the major tide of events sweeping across
Revolutionary , that is, in the sense of
But, seriously. -- How can one tell?
Don't forget, either, that along with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Kim Jong-Il's Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the original members of the Bush regime's "Axis of Evil" (January 2002 -), "arming to threaten the peace of the world," "seeking weapons of mass destruction," "pos[ing] a grave and growing danger."
Such rhetoric and the actual threat -- then as now -- posed to the "peace of the world" were joined only seven-and-a-half years ago. (Though the
Consider the contrast that exists between public displays in Western capitals of "solidarity" with the street demonstrators and The Opposition inside Iran, on the one hand, and the lack of public displays in the same Western capitals of "solidarity" with the victims of U.S. and NATO-bloc threats and breaches of international peace and security, economic embargos, slaughters, terrorism, and subversion inside the many countries where Western violence and domination are currently active. (For example, the tears that aren't shed over the repeated killings of Afghan and Pakistani families by
Also try to draw the same contrast with respect to the relevant perpetrator - and - victim sets (the true crux of this whole matter, in my opinion), and the amount and kind of attention paid to each perpetrator - and - victim set by Western political figures, media, activists, and intellectuals.
That is to say, when the ruling regime in
Similarly, when the regime in
How much of the current focus on events inside
Doubtless, the correct answer here is an indeterminate mixture of both -- though I for one strongly suspect it's a lot more of the latter than the former.
I mean, how often have Americans organized committees in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan (etc.), while these people endure the myriad forms of violence that only the regime in Washington can unleash -- and then wound-up as "expert" commentators on events inside Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan (etc.) for the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and the major U.S. broadcast networks, the way that so many Americans and expatriate Iranians have for current events inside Iran? When was the last time Americans "tweeted" on behalf of the Afghan, Iraqi, and Pakistani victims of American bombs?
Better yet, when was the last time that a resistance cell actively opposing the
The answers to these questions are not trivial (obviously). But at least they're checkable. -- And it's a no-brainer to predict how they'll turn out.
If Twitter and the other state-of-the-art communications platforms of the current moment (cellular calls and cell-phone imaging, for example) have been so successful at ripping-the-veil-off the rigged election and the pseudo-legitimacy of the regime inside
The ease with which the "We Are One With the Iranian Opposition" bandwagon splinters what remains of the Left in the States and elsewhere throughout the NATO bloc, and cross-pollinates with -- or simply crawls into bed with -- the assorted Oil & Gas, "Whack Iran," "Regime Change," and "Democracy Promotion" lobbies afoot in this world, bodes ill for the health of the Left more generally. And this means for its revolutionary hopes and dreams, too. As opposed to global counterrevolutionary forces ready to exploit it.
But I'll bet that the Left's splintering over Iran looks damn good right now from the point of view of the metropolitan centers. Where so many of the so-called "cosmopolitans" and "internationalists" still live and breed.
Just remember that where this historic distinction is at issue, the price of indifference is truly catastrophic.
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