I only do these obviously inflammatory titles just for the Diggs, by the way.
There was a small blurb on the national wire about the protests not only being held here but in cities all over Canada over the recent Iranian elections held last Friday:
In Vancouver, a few hundred people rallied outside the city’s convention centre in a protest that, at times, turned ugly.
Supporters of Mousavi clashed with those calling for an end to Islamic rule in Iran. Protestors on both sides exchanged heated words and tore at Iranian flags.
I wish I could rely on the two newspapers here to cover the story but the Anime Expo and the naked bike ride seemed like real news to them.
You will note that the protest on Sunday in front of the United Nations got about a hundred protesters, which should tell you something about the effectiveness of the UN. I think it’s very telling that those who wanted the “reformer” candidate would fight with those who wanted an end to the Islamic regime in Iran. These two factions are both craving the same thing–a democratic Iran, free of a theological bent.
This is going on in elections around the world, as Christopher Hitchens points out in his article this week. The Islamic Revolution of 1979 was undoubtedly an unmitigated disaster, and is sparking a new hope for a saner and more peaceful Middle East.
What I take umbrage with in my own city is that they think these protests are the appropriate place to be doing this. You get the right to peaceablyassemble being citizens, and even if you’re not, but leave the squabbling tactics back in the old country. Our police are very trigger-happy with Tasers and foreigners as it is, thanks. But it also bears out that the real beef you haev is with Iran and not Canada. Canada was not responsible for the installation of a wild mullah system that is belligerent and seeking weapons of mass destruction.
We are also not in a position to radically change the political scheme in Iran, unless we were to invade and depose the leaders. I have a distinct feeling that you lot were the same crowd that had the “war is not the answer” signs when Iraq was invaded. (Although Iranians and Iraqis hate each other, so maybe I’m being too presumptive.) If you want to be thought of as Canadians, you had better start adapting yourselves to our ulture more, and this is not the means by which we do things.
Canada is also not some sounding-off platform for which you settle disputes in the other country. This is the same thing that happened in Toronto a couple of months ago, where the Tamils were all-too-content to disrupt the lives of average Torontonians to “raise awareness.” Political chaos should be treated like a contagion–quarantined off to the already-infected area, not spread to sanitary conditions. Our peaceful governance is not some accident. It’s a constant struggle of our greater selves to suppress our less-developed instincts. If you want to reform Iran, perhaps learning about what makes Canadian democracy work, then export that to Iran. Think of it as pilgrimage work.
It should also be of note that the peace-minded conservatives of the West have more in common with these people than they might think:
“This government, they don’t care about the vote, don’t care about the people, they just do whatever they want… This regime is a terrorist regime, this is a fake vote,” Vessali said. “We want freedom, we want democracy, we want people to take care of themselves.”
This fellow is an SUV with a gun rack shy of becoming one of us. There was someone elected recently who needs to heed these words. With his Muslim upbringing and exposure, his quick denunciations of Israel, his catastrophic economic practices, his ability to incite and fracture groups, and his ability to manipulate a corrupted and obsequious media, Barack Hussein Obama needs to realize that Iranians craved freedom from religious oppression long before he gave a speech.