January 23, 2007 by Alexander
While it is true that most Americans do not have an inkling into the cultural, psychological and religious dimensions of the Middle East, it is also true that such elements on the globe now have a direct impact on our way of life, America’s place in the world, and that these dimensions propel what can be described as a long festering clash between outdated and outlandish thinking, and current day realities. Since the horrific attacks in September of 2001 more and more Americans have opened their eyes to threats that spawn from that volatile region, and there is no question but that the single biggest proliferator of venomous hatred being spewed at America, Israel and anyone who does not practice Islam, infidels, is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.
The resistance to the dictatorship of the Mullahs among the student population of Iran, already well established, had intensified upon the US invasion of Iraq. It seems, though, that the Iranian regim had placated those of that movement by allowing such things as female racecar drivers (wow, how amazingly progressive of them), and the resistance had appeared to ebb, at least to some degree. Ahmadinejad took power, uses it today to oppress Iran’s people and threaten the world, and the Iranians continue to be powerless at this point in history to stop him and the Mullahs from continuing their despicable ways. But Democracy, the Iranian cultural vision of it, and all of the freedoms and benefits derived from such, cannot be denied, and appeasement coming from a violent and unmoving regime remains no more than an attempt at deceit. The Iranians are literate, aware and coiled. Ahmadinejad will very likely join the long line of dictators in history who fell to the will of the people, an unstoppable force, given any real chance, far larger than any dictator.
Syria, an obvious extension of Iran, and Hezbollah in Lebanon continue with obfuscation on the world stage as they hide behind erroneous misconceptions about Israel (land), and as Hezbollah thugs hide behind their own civilian people during bloody battles in wartime. They attempt to confuse all who look on, in some cases successfully, and while Israel is not completely blameless in the Palestinian and Arab/Israeli conflict, it is the terrorists who strike regardless of any attempts at peace. Ahmadinejad revels in the violence as many get sucked into the vortex of media spin and misinformation. And so it goes.
The Iranian people need to rise up, as do the people of Islam itself, once and for all, put hardcore religious beliefs aside in the context and spirit of international cooperation, and stop this madman from taking his twisted vision of their religion any further. Nuclear missiles, as an example, are clearly being sought after and should Iran attain such weapons the region becomes destabilized, Israel becomes cornered and extremely dangerous and the world becomes hostage to the outcome of its own inaction. It is up to the Iranian people, first and foremost, to do something, and they are.
Iranian Americans see this scenario exactly for what it is. Doctors, journalists, lawyers, astronauts and teachers, to name a few, Iranian Americans are smart, strong and capable. They can galvanize a country with steadfastness and determination, and the United States government can and should help, or help more. As the UN, compromised and corrupted, sorts out its own demons, it too can help. If the world community sits idle and does not pay heed to the words of these proud people, both in America and the homeland, and does not take action, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Mullas of Iran may well cause devastation and an abrupt change in the world we know today. If the world community takes action, however, the prize is nothing less than Democracy in Iran, next to Democracy in Iraq, with more progress a likely result in Egypt, Jordan and other states, as Damascus sits isolated and all alone on the wrong side of the terrorist equation.
- Rob Arnold, Contributing Writer