Wednesday, March 08, 2006

My Perfect Birthday Gift

March 25 marks my birthday and as a gift, I dream of getting a nuke. A cute, cuddly nuke. I promise not to bully my pals with that, just to deter their dirty intimidation tactics and to keep my pride intact.

Forwarding Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council has incurred a national shame on Iranians. It's just like having your teacher kick you out of the classroom for chitchatting. Now you are standing, unrepentant and enraged, behind the principal's office, waiting for a harsh punishment.

The shame makes you sweat minute by minute. Passing students can't help sneering at your embarrassment. The very naughty boys, who always seem to have a sly way of getting away unpunished, make faces.

Apart from the shame, I am utterly glad, however, that Iran has been finally reported to the big boss. As the Persian saying goes, death once, wailing once. We still have our fate at our own hands: either persist on having peaceful nuclear energy and put up with the possible sanctions and even nuclear bombing, or surrender.

The problem is I can't choose for you and you can't impose your choice on me. For it's unfair and dangerous. As we stay undecided, however, our defenseless nation would be plundered again, by both corrupt rulers and greedy superpowers.

Americans claim Iranians have a right to use nuclear energy, but not under this undemocratic regime. There is a truth and a fallacy.

The truth: the current government of President Ahmadinejad has acted as a rogue student in the international classroom. Others fairly demand a commitment to good manners.

The fallacy: the West never wants Iranians to have nuclear reactors. They wasted billion dollars during the reign of Shah to build the Bushehr power plant. The Russians are now milking the project.

Another fallacy deals with democracy and freedom. Since when democracy is a yardstick for having the right to exploit nuclear technology? A decade after dropping A-bombs on the Japanese, Americans were still forcing their black minority to give their bus seats to the white. It took another decade for black Americans to become legally equal with their white neighbors, though they still suffer from discrimination.

I know one thing for sure: Iran will always remain a sitting duck for resource-guzzling powers unless it is armed with nuclear weapons, just like India and Pakistan. Till then, I want to keep dreaming of getting my perfect birthday gift.


At 3:28 AM, Blogger Shirin said...

Hi RezBiz, this was my first time visiting your blog and I truly enjoyed reading your posts. I really liked the ‘Since when democracy is a yardstick for having the right to exploit nuclear technology?’ So true.
It’s funny I was watching that ‘The road to Guantanamo’ film last night and it just cracked me up on that part where George Bush was talking about keeping those poor people in Guantanamo without trials or anything and he said, ‘They do not share the same values as us.’ It seems like at the end this is what it comes down to really.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger hamesha: said...

seems like you secured the birthday gift finally...!

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the TV pictures, it looked a little like a low-budget version of an Olympic Games opening ceremony. Austere, athletic-looking men in traditional garb pranced to and fro against a backdrop of doves in flight, while orotund pleas for peaceful cooperation fell earnestly from the mouths of political leaders.

Sadly, like the Olympics it was all a magnificently empty charade. In the nuclear weapons field, Iran is the diplomatic equivalent of one of those Eastern European shot-putters, urgently protesting its innocence while frantically pumping itself full of opposition-crushing chemicals in the locker room. Teheran should have failed its steroid test a long time ago and yet it's still in the international game.

[regarding Europe] The rhetoric is encouraging, but consider the actual state of Europe this week and ask yourself: is this a continent that is demonstrating political will?

The French government couldn't muster the political strength to face down a terrifying army of bourgeois students fighting to retain the right to smoke Gauloises and drink house claret on their future employers' time. It has once again put the nation's delayed entry into the global economy on hold. In Germany, Mrs Merkel and her Christian Democrat colleagues make all the right strategic noises but are still dependent on the professional hand-wringers of the Social Democratic Party not only for parliamentary survival but for crucial daily decision-making in the field of foreign affairs. Italy has once again demonstrated its unique capacity to do a reverse Creation and conjure chaos from Order at the drop of a ballot box.

Writes G. Baker :


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