BENIsLAND is about my life and my views. Today, after a hard day of labor, I really felt the need to write something that has been in my mind for a few weeks. It is of political nature, something you want to avoid in a Blog, as to not affect the potential spectrum of readers. However, those who know me personally, also know that I like to speak my mind, I try not to be offensive, I like to debate and I am controversial and polarizing. So, here goes.
My heart is filled with sadness and I can only curb my rage by acknowledging people’s ignorance. When are we going to stop regarding ignorance as an excuse?
Due to the rhetoric of self-serving politicians who have the audacity to claim who is civilized and who not, their efforts by all means (military terrorism, cyber terrorism, using disinformation as a tool to create fear) to expand their influence and power into the Middle-East in order to control resources, and the fact that we are now used to instantly making up an opinion and taking a side – as if there were only two sides to chose from – based on some shared link on Facebook, once again, in particular the USA, has been able to create a new foe image. Candidates running for presidency already feel the need to state that if they become president, they will attack Iran.
For all you people out there who think that democracy means that you MUST have an opinion about everything, that freedom of speech means that people should be allowed to state what YOU think is right. For all you people talking about what needs to be done to control the Iranian ‘regime’, I ask you, what are your sources of information? When you say that the Iranian president has said this or that, I ask you, do you speak Farsi? How do you know that the translation of this strongly metaphorical language is within context? For all you people out there talking about military intervention in Iran, I ask you, do you even know that Iran is NOT an Arab(ic) country? That in Iran we speak our own language? Do you want to acknowledge that military intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya (to state some recent ones) has not yet, and only the future will show, increased the quality of life for the ordinary people living there? I think that after more years of instability and fighting, Islamists, once again, will gain the people’s trust and will take over the respective countries. For all you people talking about how important it is that free elections are held, that human rights must be adhered to, I ask you, how do you feel about Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, for instance? Have you ever wondered that because Iran doesn’t play ball with the USA they are labeled as being ‘ruled by a regime’ whereas the kingdoms in the above-mentioned Arab countries, who have American military stations, are not regarded as regimes. These kingdoms have a pact with the USA, that allows them to stay in power as long as they ‘play ball’.
For all you people, I wish upon you enlightenment. If that doesn’t happen, I hope one day you, too, will feel my sadness, because you, your kind, your country has been labeled as evil or unfit.
For the record, I’m not a fan of how things are run in Iran, there are a lot of domestic inequalities and hardship enforced upon the citizens. In this context, however, Iran is not unique. I am a fan of debates though and therefore I like to raise the following few questions to ponder about.
- If, and the war (of terror) in Iraq should have been enough to discredit American intelligence for a few more years, Iran was really building an atomic bomb, is there any way, other than destroying the entire country, to stop them from doing so for good? I mean, yes, there are ways to halt the process momentarily, but entirely?
- If Iran had atomic bombs, what would they do with them? Is it really probable that they attack Israel for instance? Would that make any sense? By doing so, wouldn’t they doom their entire existence? I mean in such a case, wouldn’t the entire international forces inflict an unforgiving war on them.
- From a point of self-conservation, of their vast oil and gas resources and of the ever increasing dominance and threats of the ‘West’ within the Middle-East, shouldn’t the rulers in Iran try whatever they can to keep such influences out of their country? Would the possession of a strong, capable military apparatus and weapons not hinder foreign forces to invade this sovereign territory? Isn’t it really an insurance against invasion? What would you like your country to do to ensure its sovereignty, if other countries kept talking about going to war with you?
- It is often said, rightly in my opinion, that Iran is trying to increase and expand its influence in the Middle-East by what is regarded as unethical means; well, given the current situation of increased instability caused by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran is suddenly in a greater position to dominate. However, aren’t at least some of the major countries condemning Iran’s foreign policy doing exactly the same?
- When you sit in a bar and enjoy your beer and casually talk about the importance of intervention in Iran, do you ever think of the women, the children, the innocent citizens there that only want to make a living and provide for their families?
- Finally, is it so hard to believe (to understand) that war makes some wealthy people wealthier, both directly and indirectly, and that this is the main reason of having a war in the first place.
The other day I met in the hot pools here on Great Barrier Island a few Americans and we had a good chat. Not about politics, it was mainly about sailing. One guy’s name was Cyrus and I told him that I visited the grave of Cyrus the great. He asked me who this Cyrus is and where his grave was. “Perhaps, I should visit his grave too.” he replied. When I told him it is in Iran, he said: “Well, obviously I can’t go there. I’d be shot or something like that, wouldn’t I?” I told him that he would be very surprised to see how well he would be treated in Iran although he’d be an (American) foreigner or tourist, if he adhered to the rules. I believe that he’d be better treated than an Iranian going to the USA on holidays.