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What infuriates people
... is that many American politicians can walk outside in broad daylight and say it's night

By Ali Khalili
April 24, 2002
The Iranian

Mr. Hodges, thank you for your response, "Misreading U.S. intentions". I am hardly the one to continue on arguing over these matters. Nevertheless, I felt the need to further clarify a few of my points, which somehow seemed to have either been mistaken or taken differently than I wanted them to be.

I will begin with my rant on Iran. In regards to Iran, I was not asking that America should build a democracy there. I was merely asking that it would have been real nice if it would not have removed its only democratic government ever and support repressive regimes.

My statement and your eventual derivations of it are completely different. And in regards to that opportunity being our "only" chance as a nation, it definitely has been our best chance ever. A person of the caliber of Mossadegh or Mandela or Gandhi do not show up every day in the political arena of a nation.

In addition, Mossadegh's fall gave rise to all the radicals, both Marxist-Leninists and Islamic zealots, who promoted their ideologies and brought about the revolution of 1979. With the unfolding of the Iranian revolution, which like all other revolutions ended with a massacre of many of its true children and the onslaught of intellectual and liberal politicians and the exodus of millions of more empowered Iranians, a chance for a truly free Iran has gradually become a pipe dream.

As an additional side note, in regards to Germany and Japan being occupied during World War II, let me also mention that Iran was also occupied during that time, and its monarch was banished. So, I suppose occupation did not necessarily have anything to do with the policies implemented in various occupied nations.

On Palestine, my argument and that of many is not that suicide bombing is great or acceptable. I would be the first to say that a better leadership may have given Palestinians far better opportunities. However, where I have an issue is that American politicians and media in their unanimous support for Israel and under the massive pro-Israeli lobby, rarely mention anything about the history of the conflict.

Most Americans have no clue and think that Palestinians just have a natural knack to blow themselves up. I have the misfortune of watching American newscasts from time to time and the level of bias is truly sad and maddening.

But to clarify this situation and to show you where I and many of people who are like-minded come from, I would like to take you through a scenario with me.

Let's assume for a moment that tomorrow morning is the end of America's glory days. The new superpower is China. Like so many before them, they forget every lesson of history and invade countries left and right and center and along the path colonize the U.S. and Canada. After a while, they decide to leave the region and having learnt from the Brits, they decide to leave a mess behind to ensure future frictions and wars.

So, they break up the region, much like the Brits did before they left Middle East. Canada is divided into three countries, the west, the east and Quebec. USA is left untouched, but the Chinese decide that California, Arizona, Texas and even Florida must go to Mexico. They say that most of these used to belong to Mexico anyway and thus, Mexico has a right to them (a claim which is probably more fair than the claims around which the state of Israel was built).

The Mexicans roll in and start taking over all the good parts. If you are not of Mexican heritage, you are now a second class citizen or you must leave all together. So, thousands of non-Mexicans depart for what's left of the U.S. The Americans who are clearly offended, launch a war, but are quickly defeated by an army equipped by superior Chinese weaponry and support. As a result of the loss, the Mexicans take over the rest of the land as well.

Soon, the Mexicans begin a project to ensure the complete annihilation of the population in what was once known as America. Of course, being smart, they don't send the Americans to gas chambers. Instead, Mexican settlements take over the nicest neighborhoods of every city. Homes are bulldozed and people are kicked out. Mexicans say that the holy book found in the ashes of Aztec ruins says it is their right to live here.

Of course, radicalism rises. Every day, the radical elements of your movement remind you of the glory days, when Mexico was a pushover and China was desperate for U.S. businesses in order to survive. As the resistance grows, the Chinese come in and make a few halfhearted attempts to give you a little piece of your land, all along making it look like they are doing you a huge favor.

During the negotiations, the Mexicans say that the refugees have no right of return, and that the former residents of California or Texas or Florida, can't come back. In the meantime, while these negotiations go on, settlements continue and in fact, double in size. Checkpoints continue. Discriminations continue. And the hopeless life in refugee camps continue as well.

You sign agreements, but soon you realize that the radical elements within the Mexicans are not ready to give up. Every once in a while, there are uprisings, but they are put down and the Chinese insist that there should be no violence on the American side. But as the process drags on, you realize that you are hitting a dead end.

Eventually, the radical elements within your movement, having witnessed the degradation of their great nation, take over the movement and start a campaign of violence with whatever means they have as they feel it is the only solution. And then, the Chinese half a world away go on TV, day in and day out, condemning American terrorists for their actions while they refer to the same general who massacred your compatriots as a "man of peace".

And the story goes on...

That was fiction, but it is also very real for an entire people called Palestinians. What infuriates people is that many American politicians can walk outside in broad daylight and say it's night; that many American politicians instead of addressing the root causes of a problem, constantly blame the symptoms. What infuriates people, is that America has supported one of the biggest cases of apartheid and discrimination in an unusually blind way, while constantly waving the flag of freedom and peace.

What infuriates people is that America utilizes its powerful media to -- more often than not -- in the same way that dictatorial regimes like Iran or Iraq do. What infuriates people, is that American politicians all of a sudden become dumb and lose all common sense. They all echo the same old beat while the whole world views the incidents very differently. What infuriates people is that an American president states that these problems have existed for centuries whereas everyone knows that Muslims and Jews rarely or maybe never had a significant clash until the creation of state of Israel and the ensuing problems that Palestinians had to suffer from.

What infuriates people is that it took 50 years for an American president to even mention Palestinian statehood while recognizing Israel's right to everything and supporting it with billions of dollars every year. And really, who could believe such words when American presidents can lie to the world about smaller matters such as their sexual activities and get a way with it. America's foreign policy misadventures includes Iran, Chile, Palestine, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Cuba, El Salvador and much more. Even in the last few days and in the case of Venezuela, we witnessed how well Washington honors and defends its agreements and commitments such as the "Democracy Clause" which it had only signed a year ago in Quebec City during the Summit of Americas.

My friend, I oppose suicide bombings or the killing of civilians. I too feel that it is a futile attempt. In fact, I feel that fighting as a whole is futile, whether it's in the form of massive bombings and organized massacres which Americans seem to rarely condemn or the ways which the more oppressed people tend to resort to at times. I personally believe that no ideology or philosophy or piece of land is worth killing over. But I also understand why a group of repressed and humiliated people deprived of its basic rights can feel frustrated and hopeless, just like I understand the frustration of Black Americans in the '60s and the frustrations of so many other disposed and disenchanted people around the world.

And what I ask you, is to help their cause, by also speaking about all the injustices that they have endured and not beating on a few clichés and buzz words that people can associate with without ever using their brain cells. What I ask, is that if one has the courage of condemning Palestinian tactics on a web site that is probably more pro-Palestinian, then they should also have the courage to speak out about far bigger crimes that have happened to Palestinians in a more pro-Israeli site.

Living in denial or sweeping things under the carpet can only go on for so long. Sooner or later the truth must be spoken or there will never be peace.

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