Monday, December 27, 2010

Zahra's Paradise - Zahra’s Paradise

Zahra's Paradise - Zahra’s Paradise: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

It is impossible to feel any sympathy for Iran's middle- and upper-classes. They hate Arabs and Palestinians; they hate their government for building hospitals in occupied Palestine; for supporting Hamas and Hezbullah - in short, for supporting the Umma. And, of course, they love the Great Satan.

Let's be precise: according to independent pollsters everywhere, Ahmedinejad would have won the election anyway. It was just the scale that the regime wished to expand. For, the truth is, Iran is split between an America-loving middle-class and an Iran-loving people. An Iranian journalist once asked me "Why doesn't America drop a nuclear bomb on Cuba?" She meant to say that America is so good that it refrains from nuking the small island. And this was a journalist talking. No wonder her paper was banned! America won't use nukes because then others will up the nuclear ante, simple as that. Besides, Cuba's too close to shore...imagine all the noxious radioactivity killing the fish on the Miama beaches.

John Locke observed that revolutions would be rare events, for he was advocating them. He was wrong. Today, revolution has become a habit - and with it coercion. In Kyrgyztan, there have been two revolutions in five years. In Bangladesh, there is perpetual revolution. Thailand is having a long-drawn-out revolution after regime change in 1992. The removal of Estrada in the Philippines was a shabby middle-class triumph.

As for elections, they are there to be rigged. Take the US election of 2000. According to S.E.Finer, rigging elections is one of the pathologies of democracy. In Bangladesh the Carter Center and the EU actively connive at rigged elections. The 1994 election in South Africa was rigged. In Africa today, western governments turn a blind eye to rigging - because there's just too much of it around, and without rigging there would be even more violence.

The Iranian middle-class has plainly become ungovernable. If they want paradise on earth, then they should wait for paradise - including Zahra.


Anonymous said...

I should say the paradise for you would be explained from newsagencies from USA or where else. You blongs to the groups that close their eyes and open their mouths! sorry to say that. but Iranian did not want a paradise like your country! they just wanted to have more freedom, they just wanted a better life, a standard life! In the country that everyday the oil income is thounsands of dollars, why should people die of Hunger? Have you ever bought a bread with 0,1% of your monthly salary? How many pair of shous you can buy with you salary? 100? 200? in Iran, whom you called the middle class is educated and she/he can't afford even to live with his/her salary, he/she should have two-three jobs! and there the Ahmadinejad, or better say your be loved, gives his son the pocket money to buy a sky skraper with it in Dubai or Malaysia, or ...
I wish you could have opened your eyes and close your mouth!

Anonymous said...


Iftekhar said...

"There are very few countries (e.g., South Korea) that have combined economic growth with increased equity. Iran is not one of them. Nevertheless, much has been achieved in terms of improving the lot of the poorest section of the population. Even so, many Iranians seem disappointed with the material improvements of the last 30 years. There are good reasons why. In the last ten years, a huge inflow of oil revenues has taken place without any improvement in income inequality. Added to this is a lack of government transparency, which has fueled suspicion about how the oil riches are being spent. Ahmadinejad’s populist rhetoric has intensified fears of corruption and distrust of the rich in a country where wealth accumulation is held in low esteem, no matter its sources. Indeed, the proper purpose of politics and governance in Iran is considered to be redistribution much more so than promoting economic growth. As the Revolution enters its fourth decade, with oil prices down for the foreseeable future and the disappointing results of the latest experience with populist politics already evident, it would be interesting to speculate if this narrow view of politics is likely to change. The June 2009 presidential election is a good time to find out."

Since every election in Bangladesh (and some in the USA and Germany) are manipulated, I think I have a fair idea of what manipulation means. Nevertheless, I shall look it up in a good dictionary.