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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


May 12, 2000

Pie in the sky dream

I read with some amusement the rantings of Maziar Shirazi, who, in his fired-up mode, could be hard to match for not only verbosity, but outright ignorance. I also find it ironic he should call himself 'a real Iranian' when it is so obvious that he was the first to flee the kitchen when it got too hot!

What a contrast to the lucid, well-written letter by Mamad Rastgoo, who rightly pointed out that there is a distinction to be made between a jihad and what the Iranian government has even itself called the war - "the sacred defence". Ignoring the entire annals of history in his tirade, Shirazi foams at the mouth at the mere suggestion that the war could have been caused by anyone besides the Iranian government.

For the enlightenment of the patriotic Shirazi, to say the war was caused by Iran would need his returning to school, better yet, his library. That is something not even one reputable historian today would say. For all the rights and many wrongs of Iran's government, it has to be remembered that because of the extra-territorial influences that fuelled the war, some as close as the Persian Gulf, and others as far as the U.S and Soviet Union, Iran is still struggling to pick up the pieces. Which does not justify much, and I am not saying it does, but let us not say black and white are coloured. That is foolish, and diversion tactics of the highest order.

For the information of Shirazi, it is no easy thing to rebuild your country when you are suffering a boycott, even more so when the greater half of your economically active population has been cut down in a devastating war. The efforts of the people to rebuild Iran, and the attempts by the government where it could, is the only reason Iran was not wiped out by American-made Iraqi missiles, and still exists today. To rant and rave about "Khomeini the butcher" this, and "Khomeini the butcher" that, reveals Shirazi's attempts to disguise his rapid views with the friendly cloak of patriotism.

Iran has big problems right now. And I would be the first to say banning newspapers is not a wise move. As Mr Rastgoo rightly said, the issue of ijtehad is what the ulama are trying to stifle, not "freedom". Losing their grip on monopolizing religious interpretation is what they fear most, not democracy.

Because if Shirazi knew anything about Iran, which its clear he doesn't, beyond what he sees on CNN, then he would know that Iran, constitutionally, is a democracy. What is going on now is people are saying that the constitution, incidentally for Shirazi's information, ratified by Khomeini, should be the rule of law, and not self-styled militias who impose their own brand of justice at every corner. The people are saying certain things should be relegated to the public domain, and others to the private. Which brings me on to my final point, which is, incidentally, the clincher in Professor Shirazi's splendid argument.

"There are no limits to freedom", he says. Ha ha. If that were so I would encourage Shirazi to walk into the White House and kiss Clinton. Or even better yet, blow up the White House. Or kill someone who didn't give you a seat on the bus. Or drive on the wrong side of the road. Or don't pay tax. The possibilities are endless.

Were it not for the very real fact that the existence of a state is in itself proof there are indeed limits to freedom. When an individual is a citizen of that state, she or he agrees to forfeit total freedoms in return for protection from, and benefits from that state. In Iran this was overblown, which the government itself is now admitting, and is under pressure to change. To say such a ridiculous statement only proves that Mr. Shirazi has a pie in the sky dream about an Iran that exists and can only exist in his dreams.

K. Hoseini (Ms.)


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