هیولای اسلامگرای فرنکنشتاین
Mary Shelly's old 1817 book is very different from its popularization in the movies. The movies seem to say that meddling in nature's work and acting God is bad, and scare us of the consequences. Book also says that, but suggests to stick with our values in such endeavors, and also advises us to predict and compensate for bad side effects, in advance. Sometimes when talking to Iranians, inside Iran or abroad, I feel like they want to say the same to the U.S. with regards to the 1979 Revolution. To avoid being misunderstood, must emphasize that I am not a conspiracy theorist, and do not believe the Iranian Revolution was the work of the United States (1). Please bear with me as I will explain more in the next two paragraphs.
The other day a friend of a friend, just returned to the US from a trip to Paris. She said that her relatives live in an area where the girls wear hijjab, not that they want to, but because they would be bothered by the boys and merchants in the neighborhood, if they did not. I am not talking about a neighborhood in Iran, Iraq or Saudi Arabia, I am talking of France. Also in the US, so many women wearing hijjab already work at the Pentagon. You may say that is respecting their choices, and I agree, but why don't we see Christian women wearing the outfit of a nun at Pentagon. Compromising on modern values with Islamic hijjab, as a symbol of, in the Middle East, is now hitting the West itself.
Iranian Revolution was no Western or Communist conspiracy; however, why the Islamists got the upper hand at the end, in February of 1979, had to do with a US policy driven by Zbigniew Brzezinski who just passed away. Needless to say that Iran was not the first country where Islamism was supported to block the Soviets. In Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other neighboring states of Iran, Sunni version of Islamism was supported by the US, long before the Iranian Revolution, and even terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, were helped militarily, with no consideration of them adhering to democratic and secular values. This is how the Islamist monster was nurtured in the Middle East, now spreading its wings to the West, one way or the other.
Even today, after all these experiences with Islamism of the last half century, right here in Washington DC, there are two groups of think tanks that are supported by the US government, with regards to Iran's situation. The first group are pro-neocon think tanks that basically support PMOI as the only real option that can make a pro-US Islamist state, similar to Saudi Arabia, but in Iran. The second group of the think tanks are pro the so-called Islamist reformist factions of Iran, again hoping for a Saudi-like state, in Iran. Unfortunately, still the US is not truthful to its own secular democratic core values.
Bottom line, the US needs, not to look for lackeys in the Middle East, rather, use the secular democratic values as its guiding principle when evaluating Iranian opposition groups for cooperation. In other words, treat us like the European allies. To look for Vaclav Havel's among Iranians and not for Ahmad Chalabi's. Many of those that are willing to act as US servants, neither share the democratic and secular values of the West, nor do they have the respect of Iranian people, and actually they use the US backing, to gain support from Iranian people, and not the other way. This is why the US policy of the last half century in the Middle East, is actually causing despair among the Iranian people and opposition, in their struggle against Islamist nonsense, and for secular democracy in Iran.
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
June 4, 2017
1. FUTURIST IRAN: Futurism vs Terrorism
ایران آینده نگر: آینده نگری در برابر تروریسم
A Few Words with Iranians and Independent
چند کلمه با ایرانیان و اپوزیسیون مستقل
Isn't Derakhsheh vs VOA Contractors' Court Case
آیا پرونده دادگاه ستاره درخشش در برابر کارمندان قراردادی صدای آمریکا خبر نیست
Who is Steve Redisch of VOA
استیو ردیش صدای آمریکا کیست