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Old 20th September 2022, 02:08 PM   #1
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Protests in Iran

The morality police in Iran detained a young woman from Iran's Kurdish province:

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Mahsa Amini died in hospital on Friday after spending three days in a coma.

In Sari, north of Tehran, large crowds cheered as women set their hijabs alight in defiant acts of protest.

Ms Amini was arrested in the capital last week by Iran's morality police, accused of breaking the law requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf, and their arms and legs with loose clothing.
It seems to be spiraling now. There's video of protesters beating police officers, flipping cars, starting fires. Some of the women are making a show of cutting their hair, although I don't understand the context of that. Video of protestors attacking an ambulance they believe to be used to hold and transfer prisoners. Pulling photos of the Ayatollah down from public buildings.

It seems to be nationwide.

Another set of events that's worth watching. News junkie overload lately.

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Very brave women fighting the despicable regime.
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It's a very difficult and dangerous dynamic between a small urban, comparatively liberal "elite" and a much larger, far more conservative, poorly educated and poor rural population - especially when there's a theocratic government which relies on that rural population to remain in power.

It's a situation which seems to crop up in Iran periodically, but the regime continues to enjoy the support of the rural majority and the oppression only seems to get worse.
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Some of the women are making a show of cutting their hair, although I don't understand the context of that.
It's illegal for women to cut their hair.
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Originally Posted by ZiprHead View Post
It's illegal for women to cut their hair.
Ah. I didn't know that. Thanks.

Iran always has such a mix of secular and religious society, even its civil service seems to have parts that are largely secular under the President and parts that are largely religious under the Ayatollah and Republican Guard.

Internet from Iran seems to have been cut off, so even if the protests keep going there will be less video of it making onto social media.

Which is bad, very bad.

There's a saying going around social media today: "At this point it seems clear that Iranian women have bigger balls than Russian men."
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So perhaps now I will be believed?
I said before that Iranians associate Islam with their oppressive government, and that protests are aimed at both.
This suggestion was met with scorn.
And yet here we are.
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So perhaps now I will be believed?
I said before that Iranians associate Islam with their oppressive government, and that protests are aimed at both.
This suggestion was met with scorn.
And yet here we are.
And IIRC my point was that Islam IS the oppressive government. Those headscarves are required by Islam and for no other reason. Whilst the religious authorities are still backed by the poor religious conservatives in the countryside, demostrations by the city liberal elites will have minimal effect.
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And IIRC my point was that Islam IS the oppressive government. Those headscarves are required by Islam and for no other reason. Whilst the religious authorities are still backed by the poor religious conservatives in the countryside, demostrations by the city liberal elites will have minimal effect.
I disagree, or more specifically, the regime in Iran have determined that religion is the way they can retain and wield power so they have twisted that religion to suit their needs.
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I disagree, or more specifically, the regime in Iran have determined that religion is the way they can retain and wield power so they have twisted that religion to suit their needs.
You may give religion the benefit of the doubt, but I don't.
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I'm just sitting back relaxing and puffing my cigar as I ponder the number of times I've been assured over the past half century that hijabs and niqabs and the other accoutrements of islam aren't oppressive to women.
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Old 23rd September 2022, 12:52 AM   #11
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And IIRC my point was that Islam IS the oppressive government.
Your point was that Iranians would not demonstrate against their government because it was Islamic.
My point was that Iranians see their oppressive government as inextricably linked to Islam, and that their anger is directed against both. This is what is happening with the current protests.

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Those headscarves are required by Islam and for no other reason. Whilst the religious authorities are still backed by the poor religious conservatives in the countryside, demostrations by the city liberal elites will have minimal effect.
No. The Quran states there shall be no compulsion in religion. The mandatory wearing of headscarves is a law imposed by the Iranian mullahs via the Iranian government. That is the reason they are required- it is part of the overall repression of women under that regime. Women should be allowed to choose, but in Iran, they are not.
To add to this: Iranians are, of course, protesting against the strict, oppressive and fundamentalist version of Islam promoted by the Shia regime in Iran. That is not to say that, should that regime be toppled, that some percentage of the population will renounce Islam, though this seems likely. There could, I think, instead be a shift to a more moderate version. I don't think there is any way of knowing what would happen until it actually does take place. All I can say is that the Iranians I spoke to there were anti all Islam, and attendance at the mosques was low. Right now, their protests are against both the regime and its version of Islam, and that's all we know for sure.
As for your comment about the middle class, it is mistaken. The middle class is generally more politically active, and is ofetn heavily involved in the success of numerous revolutions worldwide.
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Your point was that Iranians would not demonstrate against their government because it was Islamic.
My point was that Iranians see their oppressive government as inextricably linked to Islam, and that their anger is directed against both. This is what is happening with the current protests.
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To start with yes, then changed that in response to a post by you telling me I was wrong.
No. The Quran states there shall be no compulsion in religion. The mandatory wearing of headscarves is a law imposed by the Iranian mullahs via the Iranian government. That is the reason they are required- it is part of the overall repression of women under that regime. Women should be allowed to choose, but in Iran, they are not.
To add to this: Iranians are, of course, protesting against the strict, oppressive and fundamentalist version of Islam promoted by the Shia regime in Iran. That is not to say that, should that regime be toppled, that some percentage of the population will renounce Islam, though this seems likely. There could, I think, instead be a shift to a more moderate version. I don't think there is any way of knowing what would happen until it actually does take place. All I can say is that the Iranians I spoke to there were anti all Islam, and attendance at the mosques was low. Right now, their protests are against both the regime and its version of Islam, and that's all we know for sure.
As for your comment about the middle class, it is mistaken. The middle class is generally more politically active, and is ofetn heavily involved in the success of numerous revolutions worldwide.
For example:
https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessrevi...es-economists/
Precisely my point. Islam is more than just your holy book. When that book is interpreted in oppressive fundamentalist ways it becomes government in itself.

I should be heartily pleased if the people of Iran could free themselves from the tentacles of their religion, but I just don't see it happening. If it should happen I will be the first to congratulate them, but until then I feel my point stands.
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Women of #Iran tell their story of bravery, defying oppression and fighting for a most basic right. It’s simple yet powerful:
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It's really hard to tell from afar, but it seems like the protests are still getting bigger.

There are a few vids of police shooting at protesters, and more vids with the sounds of police shooting at protesters. When there is only the sound it is hard to tell if it is actual real bullets, or rubber bullets, flash bangs, or what. But two vids or what are obviously "real" guns fired at protestors - a rifle and a pistol. But even that, so far just individual shots popping off, nothing like sustained heavy gunfire.

Video of protesters thrashing a courtroom. They captured a pretty senior police officer. Burned big public portraits of the Ayatollah and the President. They are chanting "death to the dictator" and the dictator in question seems to be the Ayatollah (not the President).

This seems bigger than the 2019/2020 protests, but then again the government then killed some thousands of protestors in putting those down. It remains to be seen if they'll do that again.

Even f they put this one down, the frequency of big protests in Iran seems to be going up. Iran is getting more unstable.

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Precisely my point. Islam is more than just your holy book. When that book is interpreted in oppressive fundamentalist ways it becomes government in itself.
No, that was not your point. You said that Iranians would not demonstrate against their government because it was Islamic. That is obviously not true.

Also, Islam is not just a religion: its tenets cover all aspects of life, including government. The Hadiths and Sharia courts apply Islamic principles to everything. It doesn't need an oppressive fundamentalist interpretation to make it government itself: it already is government.
It doesn't automatically follow that such government should be oppressive. Whilst democracy and human rights are very much in their infancy in the Arab world, there is a vast range of approaches in the wider Muslim world, from very moderate (Turkey pre-Erdogan, Tunisia) through tolerant but still with restricted or no democracy (Oman, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt) to the nastier end (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh). The version in Iran is a convenient justification for maintaining the theocracy's grip on power. For sure, the imams believe that what they are doing is good for the souls of their people, but the way they enforce that ensures that opposition is crushed, often in very cruel ways. They are using Islam as an excuse for oppression, and that, as I have said, will be the undoing, not only of their government, but also of their version of Islam. (Yes, I have modified my viewpoint here: as I say, it's hard to tell to what extent a liberated Iranian populace would continue as believers.)

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I should be heartily pleased if the people of Iran could free themselves from the tentacles of their religion, but I just don't see it happening. If it should happen I will be the first to congratulate them, but until then I feel my point stands.
Well, I think the first step will be to free themselves from their oppressive government. You have doubted that this will happen, and I'm wondering why that is? They have, after all, done this before, with the Shah. I see no reason why they couldn't do that again.
By the way, your point before was doubting that Iranians would remove their government. Now you seem to have changed that to renouncing Islam. Am I reading this correctly?
As a final point, it is being reported - as has been posted here already- that the protests are spreading, and include the working class as well as the urban middle class. If that is the case, do you still doubt that the Iranians have a chance of regime change?
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I disagree, or more specifically, the regime in Iran have determined that religion is the way they can retain and wield power so they have twisted that religion to suit their needs.
Rather like Saudi Arabia.
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It's really hard to tell from afar, but it seems like the protests are still getting bigger.

There are a few vids of police shooting at protesters, and more vids with the sounds of police shooting at protesters. When there is only the sound it is hard to tell if it is actual real bullets, or rubber bullets, flash bangs, or what. But two vids or what are obviously "real" guns fired at protestors - a rifle and a pistol. But even that, so far just individual shots popping off, nothing like sustained heavy gunfire.

Video of protesters thrashing a courtroom. They captured a pretty senior police officer. Burned big public portraits of the Ayatollah and the President. They are chanting "death to the dictator" and the dictator in question seems to be the Ayatollah (not the President).

This seems bigger than the 2019/2020 protests, but then again the government then killed some thousands of protestors in putting those down. It remains to be seen if they'll do that again.

Even f they put this one down, the frequency of big protests in Iran seems to be going up. Iran is getting more unstable.
There are at least fifty deaths confirmed by reliable sources. And protests in more than sixty towns and cities.
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Rather like Saudi Arabia.
Actually, it's not quite the same.
The Sauds made a pact with the Wahabbis, who are an austere and fundamentalist sect of Sunni Islam, in which they agreed that should a kingdom be formed, the Sauds would get the political power and the Wahabbis would get the religious power.
Thus, the rulers are the Sauds, but they have had to run everything past the Wahabbis to get reforms passed. This was more difficult in the past: MBS, however, has severely curtailed the power of the Wahabbis, especially the religious police, and has instituted reforms that a few years ago would have been unimaginable. The power is very much in the hands of the Saudi monarchy now.
In Iran, the Supreme Leader is the Ayatollah Khameini, who is more powerful than the elected president. Iran's regime is a theocracy, whereas Saudi Arabia's is an absolute monarchy.
It goes without saying that the Saudi royal family has played heavily on their control over Mecca and Medina. One of the King's titles is 'Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques'. They use this geographical coincidence to assert themselves as being in charge of other Muslim countries and peoples. I don't think it's a case of twisting religion to suit their purposes, and religion is not the key to the Saudi royal family retaining power. Rather, it was a treaty that bound them to the Wahabbis, and one I get the feeling they had rather not signed.
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the Saudi royal family has played heavily on their control over Mecca and Medina. One of the King's titles is 'Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques'. They use this geographical coincidence to assert themselves as being in charge of other Muslim countries and peoples.
And in the case of Mecca, it isn't just a symbolic or mystical thing. The kingdom controls the distribution of passes to that monstrous annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Most Muslims see that as not just an idea that might be cool to go through with someday but an obligation that they must fulfill if they can possibly find a way. It's right up there with faith in the only God, praying, charity, and fasting during Ramadan as the five most important things a Muslim needs to do. But the location is only so big and can only take so many people, so other countries get told each year how many of their citizens will be allowed. Get on the Sauds' naughty list, and you get lower priority for the Ḥajj, which means more of your citizens getting told they can't go.
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Actually, it's not quite the same.
The Sauds made a pact with the Wahabbis, who are an austere and fundamentalist sect of Sunni Islam, in which they agreed that should a kingdom be formed, the Sauds would get the political power and the Wahabbis would get the religious power.
Thus, the rulers are the Sauds, but they have had to run everything past the Wahabbis to get reforms passed. This was more difficult in the past: MBS, however, has severely curtailed the power of the Wahabbis, especially the religious police, and has instituted reforms that a few years ago would have been unimaginable. The power is very much in the hands of the Saudi monarchy now.
In Iran, the Supreme Leader is the Ayatollah Khameini, who is more powerful than the elected president. Iran's regime is a theocracy, whereas Saudi Arabia's is an absolute monarchy.
It goes without saying that the Saudi royal family has played heavily on their control over Mecca and Medina. One of the King's titles is 'Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques'. They use this geographical coincidence to assert themselves as being in charge of other Muslim countries and peoples. I don't think it's a case of twisting religion to suit their purposes, and religion is not the key to the Saudi royal family retaining power. Rather, it was a treaty that bound them to the Wahabbis, and one I get the feeling they had rather not signed.
Kinda sounds like the royals made a deal with the priests to affirm the divine right of kings. I.e., church endorsement of the crown, in order to encourage temporal obedience in the faithful, in exchange for spiritual concessions to the faithful and their priesthood.

But it's a two way street, and if the church can use the crown, the crown can also use the church.
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Very brave, these protesters.

There's protests, and then there's protests. It's one thing to march around in the US, or in (most of) Europe, even given the ******* police in the former. But it's quite another to go out and protest like this in Russia, for instance, those guys there right now; and in China, for instance; and yes, in Iran. These guys --- and ladies --- run a very real risk of getting physically assaulted en masse, maybe killed, the state going after their families maybe if it comes to that.

Very, very brave. Let's hope it gets them somewhere, other than merely the hospital and the prison and the grave.
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It's illegal for women to cut their hair.
But apparently, it is legal for the "Supreme Leader" to become outrageously wealthy while his morality thugs beat women to death for failing to match his spiritual purity.

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Very brave, these protesters.

There's protests, and then there's protests. It's one thing to march around in the US, or in (most of) Europe, even given the ******* police in the former. But it's quite another to go out and protest like this in Russia, for instance, those guys there right now; and in China, for instance; and yes, in Iran. These guys --- and ladies --- run a very real risk of getting physically assaulted en masse, maybe killed, the state going after their families maybe if it comes to that.

Very, very brave. Let's hope it gets them somewhere, other than merely the hospital and the prison and the grave.
Figures inevitably vary, but it's estimated somewhere between 40 and 80-odd protesters have already been killed, and hundreds arrested.
It just shows the strength of feeling among ordinary Iranians, especially the young. The risks they are taking in order to express their opposition to the regime speaks volumes.
They will get there. Maybe not this time, but sooner or later, this odious regime will fall. I would imagine, given the nature of the slogans being used, that a more secular and democratic government may well follow.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63047363
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Evin Prison is near Tehran, Iran holds many political prisoners and foreign nationals there.

With the past three weeks of protest the prison population has greatly increased.

Now the prison is on fire and there are sounds of gunfire heard. A crowd has gathered outside the prison shouting "Death to Khamemi". Nobody has come out of the prison, and there are reports of mortar fire being directed from outside the prison to the inside.

This twitter link has some pretty dramatic video, apparently from across the street.

The protests are not stopping.
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Meanwhile, the Mullah's security forces are now molesting female protesters before "arresting" them.

Such a pious regime.
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Hearing "death to the ayatollah" isn't something I've heard before at Iranian protests.
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Old 17th October 2022, 02:51 AM   #27
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Hearing "death to the ayatollah" isn't something I've heard before at Iranian protests.
Also 'clerics, get lost'.
But I suppose some will insist that this is still not evidence that Iranians are protesting against their Islamic government.
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Old 17th October 2022, 07:41 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by Cosmic Yak View Post
Also 'clerics, get lost'.
But I suppose some will insist that this is still not evidence that Iranians are protesting against their Islamic government.
I'm not completely sure I get this.

Obviously they're protesting the government and obviously the government is Islamic and I'm sure nobody disputes that. Are you saying that the protests are because the government is Islamic, and some people here deny that that is the cause?

I am not convinced of the latter. Religious people often have objections to other religions, including those that share the same name as their own or are generally similar to their own but with just a few prominent differences that they object to. How do we determine that most of the protesters wouldn't be happy with, or even prefer, a new government that's still Islamic but just not what they consider the bad kind of Islamic? How do we determine that they even admit that the government is Islamic at all instead of going with ye olde "well no true Muslim would act the way this government acts" line of thinking and wanting the government to be replaced with one that would be what they consider truly Islamic?
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Old 17th October 2022, 01:47 PM   #29
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I'm pretty sure Iran was Islamic before the current regime took power.
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Old 17th October 2022, 02:05 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
I'm not completely sure I get this.

Obviously they're protesting the government and obviously the government is Islamic and I'm sure nobody disputes that. Are you saying that the protests are because the government is Islamic, and some people here deny that that is the cause?

I am not convinced of the latter. Religious people often have objections to other religions, including those that share the same name as their own or are generally similar to their own but with just a few prominent differences that they object to. How do we determine that most of the protesters wouldn't be happy with, or even prefer, a new government that's still Islamic but just not what they consider the bad kind of Islamic? How do we determine that they even admit that the government is Islamic at all instead of going with ye olde "well no true Muslim would act the way this government acts" line of thinking and wanting the government to be replaced with one that would be what they consider truly Islamic?
The specific thing that triggered this was women's rights as exemplified by they headscarf requirement. That requirement motived is by the religious belief. People are tearing down and burning photos of the Ayatollah, chanting "Death to the Ayatollah" and "Death to Khamemi". At an absolute minimum, that's a hard push against the Shia religious hierarchy's control of the government.

But to balance that - in many of the protests there are women who still wear the headscarves, marching right alongside the women who took theirs's off.

I think one key thing is that Iran doesn't have a well organized domestic opposition movement. Plenty of opposition, but with little leadership or organization (because they all get killed or imprisoned).

So I think they are probably not all in full specific agreement on what they are marching for. Clearly less forced religious mandates, probably less or no religious control of the government, probably more free speech. But they don't seem to be marching to end Shia Islam altogether, as evidenced by many of the marching women who still choose to wear the headscarf. There appear to still be many religiously observant people marching in the protests alongside those who want freedom from all that.

Once a religion assumes full formal control of a nation's government, it must be hard to disentangle it without appearing to want to end that religion altogether. How do you balance being religious vs. not wanting a government to be controlled by religion vs. the religion's formal leadership insisting that God demands that they control the government?


These seem to be the biggest protests since the Shia Islamic Ayatollahs fully consolidated their power. But I don't think the government is frightened or concerned about being overthrown. If they were they would not be shipping so many drones and ammo to Russia. Iran probably needs the currency from Russia (and may be making them pay in hard [non-Ruble] currency) but seems to also feel like Iran won't need all of the weapons and ammo themselves.

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Old 17th October 2022, 04:42 PM   #31
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Meanwhile, the Mullah's security forces are now molesting female protesters before "arresting" them.

Such a pious regime.
I see that a lot of the people on the left who have been defending and/or making excuses for the Iranian regime are now very quiet.
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Originally Posted by Cosmic Yak View Post
Also 'clerics, get lost'.
But I suppose some will insist that this is still not evidence that Iranians are protesting against their Islamic government.
And I am amazed why people who think they are "progressives" defend a right wing government ran by religious fanatics.
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Very brave, these protesters.

There's protests, and then there's protests. It's one thing to march around in the US, or in (most of) Europe, even given the ******* police in the former. But it's quite another to go out and protest like this in Russia, for instance, those guys there right now; and in China, for instance; and yes, in Iran. These guys --- and ladies --- run a very real risk of getting physically assaulted en masse, maybe killed, the state going after their families maybe if it comes to that.

Very, very brave. Let's hope it gets them somewhere, other than merely the hospital and the prison and the grave.
There are signs you might see armed resistence.
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I see that a lot of the people on the left who have been defending and/or making excuses for the Iranian regime are now very quiet.
As quiet as a figment of the imagination
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
I see that a lot of the people on the left who have been defending and/or making excuses for the Iranian regime are now very quiet.
Who are those people?
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
And I am amazed why people who think they are "progressives" defend a right wing government ran by religious fanatics.
Who is doing so?
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Who are those people?
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Who is doing so?
The same massive horde of "bonkers" lefty extremists who he claims are perfectly equivalent to "bonkers" righty extremists.
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Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
As quiet as a figment of the imagination
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Who are those people?
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Who is doing so?
Heh. I'm not going to bother digging up specific posts, pointing fingers and naming names. People know who they are.

Generally speaking:

Some people have been saying for years that the Iranian regime is, in terms of Middle East stability and the shaky pax imposed by the US-Saudi axis, the greater of two evils. That it is a state sponsor of terror beyond even what Saudi Arabia and Ba'athist Iraq did and do. That it will certainly exploit any easing of restrictions to further advance their nuclear weapons program. That once armed with nuclear weapons, they will certainly use them to bully the region, further destabilize it, and attempt to expand their toxic, cancerous regime in the resulting chaos.

Some other people have been saying that all of the above is either negligible, or American imperialist lies. That Iran has a right to a "peaceful" nuclear program, and that the international community should do more to indulge them in this. That the Iranian regime gets a bad rap and the Saudis are the real villains.

In broad strokes, those are the two competing schools of thought regarding Iran and desirable policy towards Iran. You, reading this, will know best which of those two schools more closely aligns with your own views, and informs your arguments about Iranian policy.

It is my hope that the knowledge of Iran siding with Russia against Ukraine, and supplying Putin with drone-missiles to continue his terror bombing campaign, will encourage many people who subscribe to the second school of thought, to reconsider the first school, and conclude that this regime are bad people who should never be allowed any opportunity to advance any kind of nuclear program or precursor program. It is my hope that these same people will also realize that what Iran is doing to help Russia destabilize Ukraine is exactly the kind of thing they've been doing for decades, wherever they could.

It's like Orwell said about pacifism during World War 2: It objectively aided the Nazis, to the detriment of the Allies. Someone can protest all they want that they don't support the Iranian regime. They might even believe it. But if they support the opportunity for Iran to advance its nuclear program, then it doesn't really matter what else they say. Where it counts, where it does the most harm to regional stability and world peace, they're entirely in the tank for the Iranian regime.
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I'm just sitting back relaxing and puffing my cigar as I ponder the number of times I've been assured over the past half century that hijabs and niqabs and the other accoutrements of islam aren't oppressive to women.
I don't know if this was seen as just too empty a flex for others to address, but for those who don't understand the difference, being allowed to do something (like wear a hijab) freely of your own choice is empowering while being forced to do something with threat of torture and death is oppressive.

This has been 'oppression for forth graders'.

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It is my hope that the knowledge of Iran siding with Russia against Ukraine, and supplying Putin with drone-missiles to continue his terror bombing campaign, will encourage many people who subscribe to the second school of thought, to reconsider the first school, and conclude that this regime are bad people who should never be allowed any opportunity to advance any kind of nuclear program or precursor program.
Almost like the US should never have ended the JCPOA. Shocker.
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Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
As quiet as a figment of the imagination
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Who are those people?
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Who is doing so?
Apparently the answer is

Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
...snip...

Some other people ...snip...
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