We have a saying in Persian that roughly translates into this: An intelligent enemy will help you rise while an ignorant friend will knock you down. Or in simpler terms, it's better to have intelligent enemies around than ignorant friends.
Case in point: Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). It is surrounded by plenty of ignorant friends who are managing to bring it down with no help from their intelligent enemies! Yet the regime sees the solution not in repelling the stupid friends, but in harassing its good enemies.
In recent months, four Iranian-Americans academics and journalists have been arrested and intimidated by Iranian intelligence services. I always wonder when one crosses from intelligence to ignorance or vice versa!
It is true that these
Iranian-Americans are pro democracy and pro freedom. One may even hypothesize
and try to prove that these people are enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
However, there is no evidence to suggest these people have engaged in activities
to bring down the Iranian regime. There is however plenty of evidence showing
these people have in fact been vocal against the
But there is really no need to talk
about innocence or guilt of these people. The Iranian authorities are fully
aware that these academics and journalists aren't spies, agents or provocateurs.
Their reason for going after them isn't what these people have done, but rather
to get even with
There can be two likely explanations of IRI's motives for harassing these academics like this:
First, the regime is trying to send
a message to US that establishing a fund to bring democratic
Second, the regime is engaging in
tit-for-tat. Five Iranian diplomats, who were conducting consular affairs in
Perhaps the motives for these arrests can be explained by one or both of the above. But there is really one logical explanation: Plain stupidity! IRI doesn't really realize the consequences of these actions, thanks to the many ignorant friends surrounding the regime. By harassing these well-respected Iranian-Americans and the visiting American, regime is sending shockwaves among the Iranian Diaspora. This may result in further alienation of these intelligent enemies and potentially pushing them to the sidelines or even worse to the ignorant enemies: the necons, regime change advocates and warmongers.
Interestingly enough, the situation
isn't that different on this side of the ocean with the Bush administration! The
people who are driving
About the author: Ali Moayedian lives in San Francisco Bay Area. He believes he is surrounded by friends and enemies of the intelligent kind J
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