WHAT SHOULD BE NEXT AFTER US SANCTIONS?
Iranians abroad, who cared for democracy in Iran,
in the years before the Revolution, would have loved to be able to get the U.S.
and other countries to put a sanction on Shah's Iran. They worked hard to get U.N. to condemn Iran
on human rights issues in those years.
The blacks in the U.S. were successful to get U.S. and the U.N. to place
sanction on South Africa in those years, and the pro-democracy movement in the
West, was able to push the sanctions on the then Soviet Union. Sanctions are the best way to paralyze and
help abolishing a government that one believes should not rule a country, without bloodshed.
Thanks to the stupidity of Islamic Republic for taking
American diplomats as hostage, they got the U.S.
sanctions upon themselves. Unfortunately ever since the Islamic Republic's
rule, many Iranians abroad, who themselves would not live in Iran, have become
the advocates of Islamic Republic in the West, by asking even for lifting of
the existing sanctions, rather than themselves being the ones calling for
sanctions, even if there was none. In fact,
even if there was no hostage-taking, Iranians who are the hostage of this
Religious Apartheid regime, should have asked all countries in the world to
place sanctions on any dealing with Islamic Republic. So instead of using the U.S.
sanctions and to ask European and Japanese and others to join the sanctions,
these Iranians have done their utmost to lift this minimal sanction against the
Islamic Republic. They are consciously
or unconsciously helping the Islamic Republic to stay in power.
At one time, their excuse was that Khamenei,
the then president, was more liberal than other mollahs. Then the justification was that Rafsanjani,
the later President, was more liberal than other mollahs,
and in the last 5 years, the excuse is that Khatami,
the President, is more liberal than other mollahs. I think until the Iranians abroad wake up to
the big mistake they have made with regards to the Islamic Republic, the
Iranians abroad are not going to make much of a difference in the development
of Iran towards
the abolishment of Religious Apartheid and the establishment of a secular
forward-looking and democratic Republic
The ones who are pushing the lifting of sanctions are mostly
not the paid agents of Islamic Republic. They are mostly the victims of a wrong
theory, which is usually called cultural relativism and its advocates think
that different societies should have different expectations of their rights,
whether human rights or political freedoms.
I think what is needed after the U.S.
sanctions, is to ask all the countries in the world, and the U.N, to place
sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran, until the time the Islamic Republic
stops violations of human rights, or is abolished. They should ask for open trial of murderers
of Foruhars and freedom of the journalists and
freedom of political parties and until the terrorist activities like the murder
of Bakhtiar and Mykonos
abroad and threats against Salman Rushdie, by
quasi-governmental groups in Iran, are stopped by the Iranian government.
Hoping for a forward-looking and a democratic secular
Sam Ghandchi, Publisher
August 21, 2001
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