Saturday, January 14, 2006

Just as I expected, the newspapers are filling up with more than their usual share of inane "analysis" on how to deal with the Iranian nuclear question.

Taking inspiration from Alireza's last post, I decided to respond to this article in the SF Chronicle and to copy my letter in my blog:

You January 13 article on the Iranian nuclear conflict argues that sanctions on Iran would "exacerbate [the] tensions" between the "fundamentalist top layers" and the "young population that wants an open society". This reductive and erroneous conclusion is based on a much circulated theme among western media outlets: namely, you seem to think that Iranian society can be simply understood as a handful of bearded clerics and a bunch of party kids who'll sell their country for a dime.

In any case, didn't the sanctions on Iraq teach you anything? Thirteen years of sanctions against the people of Iraq didn't embolden resistance against the ruling regime, they only brought about suffering and a turn towards fundamentalist forms of religion as the only remaining social anchor. There is no reason to think that sanctions against Iran would be any less disasterous than they were in Iraq.

It may be a good idea for those of us who blog and who write the occassional letter in protest of the media to also put a copy in the main body of our posts. That way maybe we can get the message out there that no matter what the mainstream press wants the rest of the world to beieve, most Iranians say:

no to war on iran, no to sanctions on iran