By: Mehdi Amini
Ever since the escalation of tension
between Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and the west over
On this issue I have come up with
two different views. On one side, are the Iranians of different political
ideology who are against the IRI and the other side are those who see this
purely from a nationalistic point of view.
The anti IRI Camp
This camp includes the supporters of the Mujahedeen Khalgh (MEK), pro-monarchists, and independent organizations. unfortunately due to their one sided view of opposition to the Islamic Republic, they in essence have fallen into the trap of the neo-cons in America in that Iran-due to it’s view of the world and how it has behaved must never achieve the N-Weapon and that Iran can not be trusted, no matter what it says. They in reality, knowingly or unknowingly, are advocating regime change by others, since they can not do it on their own.
This camp includes some elements of
those that are against IRI as well as those who are pure nationalists.
Their argument is that it is irrelevant of how
I think there is a middle ground to all these debates. While absolutely being against the IRI you can also be against the Western country policy on this topic and you don’t have to fall into either of the above camps.
As far as I am concerned I have as much trust in President Ahmadinejad as I have of President Bush; which is zero. I think what we are facing are two extreme right wings elements within each country.
For President Ahmadinejad, an attack
What I propose is to oppose the
Islamic Republic against its handling of internal issues, while at the same
time, be against any attacks on
Unfortunately since the issue of the nuclear activities has come into forefront, the condition of human rights has been put on the backburner.
One good example is the arrest of Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo. He has been in prison for two weeks now and I do not see the same level of anxiety and activism that I saw when we were demanding the release of Akbar Ganji.
I just hope that one day we don’t hear that he like Zahra Kazemi, another Iranian-Canadian, die in prison and we didn’t do anything about it.
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