Wednesday, February 16, 2005

No War In Iran

These days, I am thinking and writing about US policy against Iran . This question is serious now that Iran is the next ?

Yesterday, I shared the below idea with the Iranian NGOs. I wrote them:
"I would like to suggest Iranian NGOs 's contribution against Bush administration. My specific recommendation is campaign by writing letters to the General Assembly. The language of letters is not important. It can be Persian or English but its important to have a specific sign to show that the letters are for campaign against war in Iran. As an example this sign can be NO WAR IN IRAN. Its better to post the letters to the General Assembly. I will share this idea with the National Post and ask for special facilitations in the post offices for those who wants to participate in the campaign."

I really cant find any respond to this question that who gives this leadership to fight against terrorism through intervention and deny other nation’s rights to Bush? 11 September and being victim of terrorism ? So many other nations who are the real victims of terrorism should take gun and start fighting against terrorism by war and more violence .

Some times I am thinking this story with its characters and elements such as : 11 September, Afghanistan, Ben Laden, Iraq, Bush, Sadam, Baler and now Iran is like a global theater, few people are the main players and the rest have to watch and wish that the dark story will finish soon.

Just like most people I believe that negotiation is the only way to solve this conflict and European Union has a wonderful capacity to play more active role in the negotiation. Although, I think mostly EU talks behalf of the State’s interests.

You know my problem is since US believes itself as a superpower, as an international leader, it wants to apply its logic to whole of the world. This logic is really simple. The countries who accept State's leadership and power are friends , the countries who don't are hostile. I really have a big question. How we as people who wants peace can limit this free exercise of power by US. I'm sure US, Great Britain, Israel, China, North Korea, Pakistan, etc are unclear arms not only for humanitarian goals but also for hostile goals. What's difference between Israel and Iran? Pakistan and Iran? This question is simple because its really true. Of course, even with this official statement of North Korea (The Washington Post reports that : North Korea ...announced for the first time that it has nuclear arms and rejected moves to restart disarmament talks anytime soon, saying it needs the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States.) US wont forget about Iran. They call Iran the eye of Middle-East. Just imagine Afghanistan , Iraq and Know Iran. The other countries in Middle-East are with States. Look at Saudi Arabia, There is no problem with them. Iran always has had a specific and strategic situation for States.

There is a strong stereotype among Iranian mass society that all of policies, reforms, changes in political atmosphere are happening by will of State and UK in Iran . It's a belief of normal people. You can hear it from people who are living in the villages. It’s a stereotype but it can draw for you how US and UK interventions during the recent history of Iran have made this strong belief for people.

And...I'm so worry about my country. We are tired from war and revolution . We need reforms but bottom-up reforms by Iranian people and local mechanisims.

We don't want democracy by US army.

9 Comments:

At Wednesday, February 16, 2005, Blogger longone31 said...

If Iran would stop trying to build nuclear weapons you would have nothing to fear from us.

 
At Wednesday, February 16, 2005, Blogger Sahar said...

You are right if Bosh administration haven’t attacked Afghanistan and Iraq just on basis of self- interest. So I don’t think so the real reason of US policy against Iran is unclear weapons.

 
At Thursday, February 17, 2005, Blogger longone31 said...

You must think it was OK for Osama to kill 3,000 Americans in one day on September 11 if you think it wasn't OK for the U.S. to go into Afghanistan and try to get him. Remember he was being protected by the Taliban.

 
At Thursday, February 17, 2005, Blogger Sahar said...

Of course that 11 September was a tragedy for the world. 3000 people killed in there but thousands of people killed in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Have a look http://www.afsc.org/iraq/ and watch Wage Peace movie. Many people have been killed in Iraq and it is just first of this dark story. It is clear that war is not the way to peace and democracy!
Please read some articles about Ben Ladan and his life . You can see Ben Ladan is just a good student of US policy.
By the way have you ever watched Fahrenheit 11 by David Moor?

 
At Friday, February 18, 2005, Blogger Sahar said...

I sent this email to the several networks:“Recently, I shared the below idea with Iranian NGOs through the Iran NGO News, ngonews@yahoogroups.com
,since I haven’t received any email from the network I am not sure that the group moderator has sent it to the members. Anyway… I wrote them: ?I would like to suggest Iranian NGOs 's contribution against Bush administration. My specific recommendation is campaign by writing letters to the General Assembly. The language of letters is not important. It can be Persian or English but its
important to have a specific sign to show that the letters are for campaign against war in Iran. As an example this sign can be NO WAR IN IRAN. Its better to post the letters to the General Assembly. I will share this idea with the National Post and ask for special facilitations in the post offices for those who wants to participate in the campaign."I also shared the idea on campaign with Minciu Sodas Laboratory http://www.ms.lt/ Here you can see the reply of Andrius Kulikauskas the director of library:”...I are declaring virtual flash mobs to support
three separate themes: - Earth Day - No War in Iran - One World Beat We invite us to help by joining us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/globalvillages/ where we'll think through how best to support these causes. I thank Sahar Maranlou for serving as our "early detection system" regarding possible war in Iran. (I draw an analogy with the tsunami.) Yes, we can imagine
that we have a few months to do pre-war (and even war and post-war) planning. In particular, we could certainly help link global villages in Iran with those around the world. This is useful no matter what happens (I think also of how global connections helped certain villages before and after the tsunami). Sahar, I think that it makes a lot of sense to focus on Iranian NGOs as you are because they matter in shaping Iran's future. I believe that if people around the world respond strongly now, it may affect the United States' strategic calculations, and also help encourage the people of Iran in setting the course of their own country. Certainly, this is also an important opportunity for engaging and encouraging Islamic independent thinkers.” So I would like to ask you to share the idea with your friends and members. We as people who do not want war, who believe the peace for democracy and human rights should do some thing. Peace For All,Sahar

 
At Friday, February 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sahar, Thank you so much for sharing your concerns. You are our "early warning detection system"! I have signed you up to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/globalvillages/ to discuss a "virtual flash mob" to support your idea. I invite others to join us there. Andrius Kulikauskas, Open Leader, http://www.openleader.com

 
At Friday, February 18, 2005, Blogger Sahar said...

Thanks Andrius,

You are an wonderful open leader!

Peace,
Sahar

 
At Monday, March 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sahar, I have added more links on "No War In Iran" at: http://www.openleader.com/index.php/VirtualFlashMobs/NoWarInIran and there is also a petition http://www.petitiononline.com/NWinIran/petition.html and several online groups. Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas

 
At Tuesday, March 08, 2005, Blogger Sahar said...

You can sign the petition in http://www.petitiononline.com/IranOPL/petition.html

Open Letter to the American People

In the wake of the death of tens of thousands of Iraqis and over twelve thousand Americans killed or wounded, immeasurable destruction, and continuing instability resulting from the US occupation of Iraq, we the undersigned express our deep alarm at the prospect of US direct or indirect military action in Iran.

We firmly believe that the discontent with, and opposition to, the ruling theocracy in Iran does not mean that the Iranian people support military operations against their country by the United States or any other foreign power. Iranians still remember the serious blow to freedom in Iran by the US covert operation against the democratically elected government of Dr. Mossadegh in 1953.

Iran is a country three times the size and population of Iraq, with a history of struggle against foreign invaders that dates back thousands of years. The human cost, in terms of Iranian and American lives, of any US military intervention in Iran may prove to be much higher than in Iraq, with incalculable damage to Iran's economy and national assets.

Any invasion or bombing of Iran will increase militarism, strengthen the grip of religious fanatics over the state and nation, and further erode democratic and human rights in Iran.

We ask you to oppose any military intervention in Iran and work to promote genuine peace in the region.

 

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