Recently a post by Nilou-jan, designed, I guess to increase traffic and much appreciated ad revenues for this site (Ghorboonesh beram elahi) to take us off topic by dangling the always tantalizingly delicious discussion of Israel and the Palestinians, only got me automatically thinking more about this version of Iran, that I strongly object to.
Whenever an Iranian tries to trick me into forgetting about Iran by getting us to complain about the US and Israel, or what I guess we should just call USrael, I remind myself to think about Iran instead. It's not because I love USrael. I just don't want to fall for the trick.
Some of you have misunderstood me to be an Iran hater when I point out Iran's many flaws. Please believe me, I am no such thing. But I am a This version of Iran hater. Only because I got a small glimpse of what Iran could be, when I was living in Iran under what I will admit was a very short period of sunshine, when political freedom was about as high as it has ever been (although not that much), and no one really bothered you (not that much), and we were about as free as we have ever been (again, not that much). Granted as much as was possible under a Shah. Granted, it did not last long. But I caught a very brief glimpse of what Iran could have become. I am sure many of you did too.
I am also not saying the Shah was an ideal ruler either. Of course you cannot be a good ruler, when you are an absolute one. Current case in point. But there was a period, I'm going to say 1975-1977-ish when I sort of felt that Iran felt free. Girls wore what they wanted. Iranian girls wore short skirts and backless halter tops. Boys wore beards and long flared out hair because the religion then was the Bee Gees. Everyone drank, and smoked, and danced, and danced, and danced. Disco 2000 at the end of Mirdamad was THE place to hang out. You could hang out then. Unlike today. The Bowling club at the top end of Shemiran, was THE place to go see the latest movies. El Chicos had THE best Mexican food I have eaten. Anywhere! Business flourished. Iran Air flew everywhere. Either you worked for the government on country-changing projects, or you worked for one of the many foreign companies on huge projects like the Ekbatan apartment complexes built by none other than the Empire State building company. Yes, that Empire State building company! I am even pretty sure that several Jews were involved!
I know, it sounds like a fairy tale. Sometimes I don't believe I lived through it.
Again, I'm not wistfully dreaming of the past, I am just illustrating that it is possible for Iran to be a secular thriving fun country again, with basic freedoms, discos, and a government that not only laissez the faire, the bon temps rouler too! Because it happened once! So I will argue, it could happen again. And I think I am not alone in this argument.
The chance at it again, is what I have set as my current ideal minimum standard of what I am willing to accept as "Iran". And you should set this standard as yours too. We can discuss exactly what details of an ideal Iran should be later, once we are free to do so, but for now at least, the one thing we can (and absolutely must) ALL agree on is that THIS version of Iran is certainly not it.
The next thing to agree on is that there is NO reason why Iran should be like THIS. Freedom is in fact free! You just have to have the collective resolve, and courage to realize it, and then take it! Something we most certainly did not do in 2009.
But enough about my dream state of an ideal homeland.
Recently we have all read about the ISIS Sunni rebels fighting in Syria against Assad, deciding to come and get some or all of Iraq. The ease by which ISIS has gained territory has stunned the world. Within one week, ISIS has now captured almost half of Iraq and Syria, robbing every bank along the way, garnering close to $500 Million in cash and gold. With a half a Billion dollars folks, today you can buy the rest of whatever army and weapons that you need to pretty much do anything you would ever want to do. At Costco.
No one has been more disappointed and distraught than the US who looks like the fool, having declared Iraq enough of a success story to justify removing all remaining American forces from Iraq just this year. I order to lose their paperwork at the VA. Now it seems the US has to possibly send what is left of it's PTSD-ridden military back in again, provide air support, or various small team special forces. Which is always fun.
So desperate is the US embarrassment in all of this now, that some have even suggested possibly working together with Iran to combat ISIS. Until someone else started to think about the consequences of that. Then someone totally else began to piece together the realities of the past year, and then the previous 6 years, and then everyone pretty much looked at each other in awe as they suddenly discovered what (and who) the real cause of all this regional turmoil was.
Again, I don't mean the good ideal Iran I painted for you earlier. That one is safely tucked away under our thick eyebrows in our minds eyes, to be brought out on another special day. I mean this nasty duplicitous version of Iran. Islamic Iran.
Here's the facts.
When everyone in the free world was against Assad, after watching him butcher thousands of Syrians, Iran supported Assad. Assad is an Alouite Syrian, which is a version of Shiite. Alouites and assorted Shiites make up barely 15% of Syria. The rest are mostly Sunni 60% and assorted non-Shiites. Assad has made sure that the Alouites were in charge of all the coolest aspects of Syrian life. Therefore most of the folks fighting Assad's illegitimate rule, are not Shiite. Or Sunni.
Iran has iranically, imposed its Imperialist motives on all of Syria now, by supporting a fellow Shiite, Assad. In almost every brutal way possible, providing not only Billions of dollars taken at the worst possible time from the mouths of apparently ordinary Iranian children with lots of cancer to isotope with, while the entire country is suffering under the US sanctions. Under all this fake humanitarian claim, Iran can still somehow afford to fight and direct a full proxy war in Syria against fellow Moslems, albeit Sunnis.
But apparently Iran can afford much more than just that…
Nouri Al Maleki was George Bush's virtually hand selected successor to Rumsfeld's previous hand selected successor, Saddam Hussein. Unlike Syria, Iraq is about 60% Shiite. Al Maleki is not just a Shiite. But a Shiite that HATES America. As much as Al Maleki hates the US, he apparently LOVES Iran more. He lived in Tehran at the pleasure of the Mollahs, during most of the Iran-Iraq war. And cursed America for on average the entire 6-8 years. Why George Bush would choose such an obvious Manchurian Candidate to puppet up for display and proof of an American job well done, can only be explained as the sequel to "You're doing a Helluva job Brownie!". A different Brownie.
No surprise then that as Iran's puppet, pretending to be the US puppet installed dictator of a newly re-built not so loyal to US nation, Al Maleki promptly worked to get the US out of Iraq as quickly as possible, so Iran could move the rest of it's stuff in, as well as pogrom virtually all of Iraq's infrastructure establishment and de-louse it from any Sunni scent.
And now ISIS has a problem with all of that. And begs to differ. That is why you now hear rumor statements like "…ISIS intends to rule the region like a Caliphate under a harsh version of Sharia law…" That is Sunni-speak for "Sunni Claws is coming to town…"
All of this turmoil now. All of it has been caused directly by Iran's current and ongoing interference, what I will call Iranian Imperialism.
I know that the obvious gut wrenching reaction by many of you will be to run away from this ugly reality, by once again pointing fingers at the US and Brits and the Sky and so on, and build complicated excel charts and graphs with stats comparing US Imperialism, and all the usual crap that reality-deniers use to deflect any wrong doing by Iran.
But Iran has most certainly done wrong now. Iran is responsible now for the over 100,000 Syrian people killed by Assad doing Iran's bidding, directly on Iran's payroll. Iraq has seen increased violence as a result of Al Maleki's Putsch directed by Iran, and now will undoubtedly see more violence, possibly the entire downfall of the current software version of Iraq, as a result.
This is entirely unreasonable blood, and absolutely unnecessary blood, and possibly long and unending blood, that is most definitely, and most certainly on Iran's hands now.
Rouhani immediately called on Iranian volunteers to join up to fight ISIS exclaiming his truest intentions yet, "Regarding the holy Shia shrines in Karbala, Najaf, Khadhimiya and Samarra, we announce to the killers and terrorists that the big Iranian nation will not hesitate to protect holy shrines…"
Or that Iran is about to go to war with ISIS now.
The big fear we Free Iranians have been continuously fed to believe by interlopers and self-entitled US foreign policy watchdogs (emphasis on the dog), and was used to silence any and all of our objections against Iran, was the supposed fear of a "War with Iran" by the US and Israel.
But apparently and now it seems what we should have really all been worried about was an increasingly Imperialist and regional bully version of "Iran with War". Because folks, like it or not, believe it or not, deny it or not, pretend to deflect it or not, Iran most certainly has one now.
Which is actually good news for this Iranian government. Nothing but nothing makes controlling the population easier than the fear that a war provides.
Who knows, maybe Khamenei will edit the Constitution one more time, just like he did in 1989, during the last Iran-Iraq war!