Saturday, June 28, 2003

Khatami said: "In this country criticism should be free, the right of protest should be free. But everything should be in the framework of the law." Middle East
After passing several unsuccessful years in reforming process, Khatami is still insisting on his long forgotten mottos. Bringing democracy and freedom to Iran. But he should know that the time is over for him. Now the people who voted for him twice, are asking him to resign. They are sick and tired of Khatami's pointless words. They don't need powerless and ineffective president any more.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Buy One, Get One Free
No one should have any illusions that Iran's Islamic theocracy is about to fold tomorrow. Iran's clerical rulers are tough and ruthless and have a monopoly of power. But many of their people detest them. And while Iran will play out by its own logic, there is no question that if the other big, predominantly Shiite state in the region, the one right next door, the one called Iraq, were to become a reasonably decent, democratizing polity of the sort Iranians are demanding for themselves, it would pressure Iran's clerics to open up. Continue...
I do not believe in this issue that Iraq could be a good example for Iranian in order to achieve democracy. Iraq with lots of ethical problem is far more behindhand than Iran in the way of democracy. So far, Americans have not taken any efficient steps in order to establish a democratic government in Iraq. Bringing Saddam down was the easiest part of the job. Now Americans are facing with serious dilemmas. In one hand, they are threatened by the Sunnites groups, which are mostly loyal to Saddam. And in the other hand Shiites groups, which habitually follow the Iranian cleric regime, are not trustable enough. Kurd rebellions in north of Iraq are also the biggest dilemma for America. Giving any power to Kurds could threaten establishment of the region and could cause division in some counties such as Turkey or Syria.
But situation in Iran is very different. Iranians don’t need any physical action from outside to achieve their goals. Demanding democracy and freedom in Iran has been taking gradual steps for several years. It has not been an easy process for the people but Iranians have already found out that is feasible. They will achieve democracy at first and then they will feel the sweetness of freedom. Not like Iraqi people who received the freedom as a gift and now they are unable to use it to arrive at democracy.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Backing away
"We will definitely try to cooperate more than before with the IAEA and give them the necessary assurances about Iran's activities," the head of Iran's atomic energy program, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, told a news conference in Tehran.
It seems that America’s policy against mullahs’ ambitions is working very well and is forcing them to comply with IAEA decisions. I hope its policy on supporting Iranians demands for democracy and freedom works as well. Iranians have enough potential to take the mullahs away and establish a democratic state but I think being supported by European countries and America could help them to catalyze this process.

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Islamic republic under pressure
Obviously, This is the worst situation that cleric regime could be facing. Being under pressure from out and inside, which are working together harmoniously in order to topple the mullahs. In one hand United States is creating reasonable alibis to get legitimacy for possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities by putting finger on Iran’s ambitions to make a nuclear weapons. And in the other hand, Iranian students are orchestrating a gradual movement toward democracy and freedom. Interesting thing is that the both side, bush administration and Iranian students, are trying to avoid using violence and bloodshed. Americans have declared several times that they don’t have any plan to invade Iran. Student’s recent demonstrations reveal that they are sick and tired of violent behavior and brutality.
They don’t want another bloody revaluation. They are much more considerate than their last generation, who are blamed on bringing the brutal Islamic regime in power. A clear thing that is distinguishable between their behavior and their fathers and mothers achievement is that the last generation knew what they didn’t want but they didn’t know what they really want. Today people not only know what they don’t want also they are incredibly decided about what they want.