August 21, 2004Top
* Not bad, Evil!
In your response [Reason
to be proud] to Pesare Gol [Proud
of what?], you mentioned that: "There
is very little - if anything - that the IRI has done of which one can
in this I agree with you." However, this could be further from the
truth. Yes, revolutionary Iran, and the IRI it produced in the early days
was nothing to be glorious about. However, during these 25 years the government
has accomplished many things that the
previous regime could not.
The most obvious is the literacy rates of women. Because of the religious
laws put in place in schools, more "traditional" fathers were more willing
to send their daughters to school. Many traditional sectors of society became
more educated and received many opportunities that were previously not available
to them. We now have 60% female population in Universities in Iran (only 40%
male), while during the time of the Shah females constituted only 22%. Because
of this rise in literacy rate amongst women, women also began filling up more
occupational positions, breaking the bonds of previous traditional patriarchal
views of women in society.
Iran now has its first female mayor, and because of the religious nature
of the government, a female in such a position is not questioned by the
sector of society. If we had a secular government in place, many traditional
and religious sectors of society would complain that "women should have
place in governing affairs". However, since the government calls itself
an " Islamic Republic", the traditional and religious sector do
not question this and accept it. This boosts up the moral of women who also
running for such positions.
Yes, while a sector of society which was secular
prior to the revolution was penalized a bit with the enforcement of the hijab,
and religious sector benefited greatly. Women in the traditional sectors
(and you must remember that in 1979 the religious and traditional sectors
larger than the secular sector) were given new opportunities since the
new opportunities were legitimized by the religious government. (voting rights
of women is an example.
During Shah's time the religious and traditional sector would yell and
about this, however women voting now is seen as the norm) Another big
achievment of the IRI is its slow move toward independence on basic needs.
of sanctions and previous history of manupilation by foreign powers, the
IRI was forced to
slowly make itself self-suffecient on many commodities. While until a
few years ago Iran was the biggest importer of wheat in the world, it is now
in wheat production. The same goes for MANY goods that Iran produces
The Shah spent a lot of the nation's wealth on "military toys". During
the Iran-Iraq war we saw how useless these modern gadgets were without the
spare-parts that were not sold to us. Since the revolution, Iran has now been
parts to keep its military up-to-date and in good condition. It obviously
isn't as sophisticated as 1st world nations, but for a country of its capibility
under US Sanctions it is a big deal.
Also, during the Iran-Iraq war, the government
showed great resolve and power in dealing with the Iraqi invasion of our
territory. Many people claim that
the IRI has sold itself to the "Arabs", but I don't ever recall
Iran giving any concessions to the Arabs (Iraqis). It fought until the last
US bombed our civilian planes and our ships in the gulf.
Also, their is another
thing we must be proud of. Six Arab nations launched a war against Israel
in 1967 to free the Palestinians and lost miserably in
The Shah, against his own morals, sided with Israel rather than those oppressed
and struggling for freedom.
However, when Israel invaded Lebanon in 1980, the
IRI helped create and fund Hezbollah to help Lebanese people liberate themselves
from occupation. Hezbollah
has been the ONLY organization to successfully defeat Israel and cause
it to withdraw. And yes, you might say "Hezbollah is a terrorist
organization," however it is NOT branded as such by the United Nations.
It is only branded that by the US and Israel (one's freedom fighter is another
Because of that help we provided, we now have a proxy army in Lebanon
(and partly Syria) which is one of the reason that Israel and US can't easily
When Bosnian Muslims were being MASSACRED by Serbian Christians the whole
world just watched while a GENOCIDE was occuring. No one came to the aid
of the Bosnian
Muslims EXCEPT the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of IRAN. Even though the United States
KNEW that a genocide was happening they continued funding the Serbian Christians
continue their massacres. Just listen to Milosevic rant about how he received
US support for his activities.
Yet, the IRI, despite world sanctions, smuggled
weapons to the Bosnian Muslims to help them fight the Serbian Christians
that were raping and murdering their
These are things that the IRI has done positively. Obviously the U.S.
won't mention these facts when it talks about Iran, because it only makes
Let's not forget that last year the United Nations awarded I.R. of
Iran an award for the best sexual education curriculum in the world. It even
report that the "United States could learn a few things from the Islamic
Republic [of Iran]" Yes, the IRI made a mistake in the early years of
the revolution to ask for massive child-bearing, causing a massive baby boom
the economy could not handle. But in the past 5 years, the efforts that they've
made has brought Iran's birth-rate and population growth rate to FIRST WORLD
NATION standards.You might think that from everything I've said that I'm
some IRI supporter.
However, I could write you an e-mail with a LOT of things the
IRI has done wrong and hurt our nation. However, everyone already writes
read one of those articles to see what IRI has done bad.
However, it is UNJUST
to say that the government ruling Iran is "only Bad".
That is what Hitler said about the Jews. It is the world-view of the Bush
Administration that the world is divided only between GOOD AND EVIL. However,
the world is
not BLACK AND WHITE. It's not gray-scale either. It's in full color. We must
that. Every nation does good and bad. It is only fair that we mention the
good next to the bad to show that we aren't reactionary and just as bad as
whom we criticize.