This is not an article; rather, it is an opinion poll. Frequenting this site and other Iranian sites, I've noticed that anyone who does not support a war with Iran or who expresses anti-war, liberal ideas in general is cast a doubtful eye by some Iranians and labeled. Why is this so?
My opinion is that there is no black and white, especially not in sociopolitical matters. It's too hasty to label every Iranian liberal as a regime sympathizer and every Iranian conservative as a true Iranian patriot. Those, in my opinion, who don't believe that liberalization can be achieved without war and violence have little understanding of politics or history. But that is just my opinion, and I'll cease to express it for fear of being labeled.
Why do I hold an anti-war opinion? Because Iran is weak. A war would mean Iran's disintegration and heavy civilian casualties. And because Iranians must determine their own course in history. It is asinine to complain about foreign interference and recall Iran's history with foreign powers and yet call for war or a foreign policy that embraces confrontation. It makes one no different than like-minded warmongers on the other side.
Can anything be expressed in the Iranian community without labels? Is this why our people have such a hard time being united or determining their own path? Is it because freedom of political expression has never been part of the Iranian experience- be its consequences manifested on a real level (thrown in prisons, tortured) or on a more benign level (labeled, shunned, gossiped about)? These are questions we must answer as a community. We are not like the Jews who are united and support one another. We are very quick to division and being judgmental. We aren't coherent, and each one of us believe he or she is right, in a very black and white, us-vs-them, either with us or against us type of way.