These days Iranians are in a perplexingly funny situation. On the one hand we want, rather strongly, Saddam Hussein to go to “hell” — at least I do — given what he did to Iran. On the other hand, we also know that those who want to cast the proverbial “laser-guided smart” stones to remove the Iraqi segment of the “axis of evil” have a few sins of their own.
So, here are some of my thoughts on this subject, followed by two of my related poems.
I shared these thoughts recently in an on-line discussion among a group of Iranian-American civil rights and peace activists. The topic of the debate was what are we to do, now, given that a lot of us are unhappy with much of the policies of Iraqi, Iranian, AND American rulers.
As is the case with every other country on our fragile blue globe, so far as I can see, Iran's INDEPENDENCE and SURVIVAL, regardless of which “unelected tyrants” rule her today, is of paramount importance, if for no other reason than the historical fact that Iran's civilizations are among the oldest on earth–and thus, she shares in the responsibility to preserve cultural and biological life and consciousness in this small yet precious corner of OUR awe-full cosmos.
Like almost all other nations, Iran has been ruled by all kinds of “thugs” throughout her tortured history. I believe one should separate one's anger at today's “unelected rulers” of Iran from the kind of danger that would undermine the country's very independence and survival in the centuries and millennia to come.
Let me repeat so as to prevent misunderstanding: As hopefully all of you know, I would LOVE to see the “evil” Saddam Hussein of Iraq GONE — to “hell,” hopefully.
However, his removal seems to be a pretext, part of the “total subjugation — not 'pre-emption' — doctrine” that the right wingers in the US (as well as in Israel and elsewhere) have “pent up” for long in their chests, as the former U.S. President, Mr. Jimmy Carter recently put it.
The way I see it, there are 4 major actors, in conscious or implied alliance, in this dangerous threat to our planet:
1- The “military-industrial-media” complex, which wants un-hindered PERMANENT profits, regardless of consequence. They need “evil” enemies and continuous war for this. Therefore, they certainly see to it that conflicts and wars are both created and prolonged. This is why the U.N. is purposefully kept weak.
2- The “Sharonites” in Israel want to RULE the Middle East, which they want to destabilize, in order to re-build their “Greater Israel” including their “3rd temple” in the middle of the ensuing chaos. They also need enemies and wars for all this. So, they have no qualms about instigating anti-Semitism (and its twin anti-Islamism)–in fact they encourage it, because they are fed by it.
3- The So called “Christian” fundamentalists in the US who want to instigate an “Armageddon” war mainly between Moslems and Jews, centered in Jerusalem (using neutron bombs which “destroy infidel flesh” but leave buildings intact) so as to help the “second coming” of the Kingdom of Zion. In other words they “know” that they are “saved,” so they want to go “paradise” as soon as possible. They simply do not care about the “left-behind non-believers.”
To help their “God” reach their “loving” aims, these “evangelicals” purposefully instigate religious and ethnic hatred, racism, and war–anything to instigate and fester conflict. Of course, they believe that their “loving King of Kings” will see to it that everything else “worthy of saving” is taken care of.
In this “holy prophecy” they are joined, in moronic compounded doubly-blind ignorance, by fundamentalists of almost all other tribalistic religions and cults, including the not-so-secretive-anymore “Hojjatieh” crowd in Iran, the ones who purposefully try to make things so bad as to “force” the PERMANENT appearance of the blessed Mahdi, who is so loving that he cannot tolerate too much injustice, so he will be “forced” to “save” humanity, due to his immense mercy. This same “hope for the ultimate salvation” exists, in a superficially different unfolding process, even among fundamentalist Hindus, and among all other tribalistic ideological “religions”.
In the same way that the so-called “defenders of Israel” openly instigate conflict and anti-Semitism, the above-referenced fundamentalist “Christians,” “Moslems,” “Hindus,” etc… do their best to do things in order to encourage “anti-Christ,” “anti-Islam,” “anti-Hindu,” etc… action and hatred, in order to gain “legitimacy” and in order to push things toward becoming “intolerably” bad, so that the real “candidates for salvation” (real “friends” of their respective “savior”) can be distinguished from “hell-bound non-believers and hypocrites.”
4- The regional unelected rulers, who need the “Satanic” U.S., Israel, etc… in order to justify their repressive rule and continued power and plunder.
However, the “shelf-life” for these tyrants (per Kissinger doctrine, the parent of the above-referenced “wolfpack” doctrine of today) has elapsed, so they need to be replaced with new “democracy-loving” puppet dictators.
These rulers, therefore, also need to fan the fires of conflict or to make superficial “democratic” gestures, to please their masters. For example, look at the recent “democratic” developments and the creation of a “parliament” in Bahrain–predictably cheered on by that famous defender of “democracy” in the Middle East, the “objective” champion of Zionist-prescribed “human rights”, Mr. Thomas Friedman.
Now, given all this, it does not matter what tribalistic posture some Arabs have adopted toward Iran in the past (among other ignorant ill motives), fueled by the U.S. orchestrated Iraqi war against Iran, which included, as we know now for sure, the U.S. GOVERNMENT giving chemical and biological weapons to Saddam Hussein to use against Iran and the Iraqi Kurds–pleasing to Turkey's pro-West “democratic” dictators.
Ultimately, what matters, then, is Iran's independence and survival, no matter who are her today's “unelected” rulers.
Let us not forget that Iran owes, in part, its continued existence (as the only nation in her region of the world which maintained its “independence” continuously throughout history–at least nominally) to one of the most “mentally disturbed” vicious rulers she ever witnessed. His name was Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar–no relations to yours truly, but a distant relative to the ancestors of the beloved tennis champion, Andre Aggasi.
Let us then distinguish Iran's needs of today for better governance from her need for dignified independence and survival as a country and culture in the centuries to come, which is intimately connected to the SURVIVAL of OUR fragile Earth.
Long live life and the continued evolution of consciousness!
As promised above, below is two of my latest poems in relation to what came above. I hope you enjoy them.
Monday, September 30, 2002
(Completed Tuesday, October 1, 2002)
MOTHER OF ALL PLANETS
By Moji Agha
I am a “terrorist-looking” walking poet.
My “Axis of Evil”
deep deep within
fills my “Satanic Verses”
with blinding rage
and slams them
into towers of indifference and arrogance
in suicidal desperate attempts
to reduce suffering.
My “remotely-controlled” verses
before slamming into
the twin “trading” towers of
cast by those “good” verses
who “think” they have no sins.
My “stoned” verses
all 1000 of them
are axe-loving philosophers
who feel desperately sorry
for these “good” verses
who are killing
while sleep walking
Don't worry though
soon my “walking” verses
will kick their ass!
Friday, October 11, 2002 (Completed Tuesday, October 15, 2002) Tucson, Arizona