Friday, June 19, 2009

Thoughts on Iran

Excerpts from American Leftist

... I have always been insistent that the Iranians should decide their destiny in the absence of American intervention. As readers of this blog know, I am generally negative about the policies of the Obama administration, but, on this one, Obama has gotten it right. Through past actions, and present day threats, the US government has figuratively cut out its tongue when it comes to making statements about Iran. A country that refuses to disavow the possibility of launching airstrikes against an imaginary nuclear weapons program, airstrikes that could even involve nuclear weapons, while imposing economic sanctions, has nothing to say about what is transpiring there. At most, it can say this: the future of Iran is something to be decided by Iranians, hopefully in the most non-violent way possible.

... Finally, as an anarchist as opposed to a Marxist-Leninist, it is hard for me to oppose a movement directed against religious forms of social control. One of the central tenets of anarchism is a condemnation of the feudal powers assumed by religion over everyday life.

Richard here has articulated what I haven't been able to since first hearing details about what was going on in Iran.

Normally, politics just makes me really angry. This situation makes me very nervous, but also cautiously hopeful. (And angry about past American interventionism there and elsewhere.)

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