Quote of the Day: You Can Bomb The World To Pieces…

Far from helping the development of democracy, US policy over the past fifty years has consistently been to the detriment of the proponents of freedom and democracy in Iran. The 1953 coup against the nationalist government of prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq and the unwavering support for the despotic regime of the Shah, who acted as America’s gendarme in the Persian Gulf, are just two examples of these flawed policies.

More recently the confrontation between various US administrations and the Iranian state over the past three decades has made internal conditions very difficult for the proponents of freedom and human rights in Iran. Exploiting the danger posed by the US, the Iranian regime has put military-security forces in charge of the government, shut down all independent domestic media, and is imprisoning human-rights activists on the pretext that they are all agents of a foreign enemy.

The Bush administration, for its part, by approving a fund for democracy assistance in Iran, which has in fact being largely spent on official institutions and media affiliated with the US government, has made it easy for the Iranian regime to describe its opponents as mercenaries of the US and to crush them with impunity. At the same time, even speaking about “the possibility” of a military attack on Iran makes things extremely difficult for human rights and pro-democracy activists in Iran.

– Iranian journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji, Iran’s future: an open letter.

Please, read the whole damn thing, especially those who are convinced that another futile attempt at coercive democratization preventing Iran from getting the Bomb via aerial bombardment is the only choice. I ask you to also check out Ganji’s background before writing him off as a DFH; he is hardly an apologist for Tehran. Oh, and add my name to the list of endorsers (including such diverse and divergent figures as Noam Chomsky and Anne-Marie Slaughter – talk about strange bedfellows).

Related: More from Ganji on how to change Iran from within; Trita Parsi on the complicated diplomatic relationship over the years between Tehran and Tel Aviv.

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