"The evil that men may do never expresses all that he is. Non-violence is a wager, not so much on the goodness of humanity, as on its infinite complexity" Robert Inchausti
The war drums have been beating for a good while now as we face the usual rationalizations (endless media convulsions) to battle evil in this world as defined by Cheney and Bush. In Canada, this means that Prime Minister "Steve" will posture (that's kiss ass) for George W. and dive into whatever chaos that the Cheney government will orchestrate. And they have been orchestrating this war with Iran for some time. These characters have the power of Gods from the perspective of many people of this world but act predictably as dangerous fools.
It won`t be too long before we get to view a "dog and pony show" much like they performed for the UN to justify war in Iraq. And it won`t matter if they convince anyone because the contrary "rule of pre-emption" will apply. International law be damned, Cheney`s dick is pointing at more oil and his fantasy of Western civilization is about to screw the Democratic congress with the help of Iran`s idiot President. They intend to strike with or without UN sanction and Iran`s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rolls the dice for more "collateral damage". That`s doublespeak for murder. But neither Ahmadinejad or Bush will ever face a day in court because modern International law doesn`t apply to the " Gods of War". Even the Geneva Convention is a sideshow for these guys.
I suspect that Ahmadinejad is pretty pleased that the Americans have given him such a dizzy diversion. This President is in fear of the cultural revolution which dances daily in the lives of Iranian society, under the stink of this oppressive fundamentalist leadership. The oppressive noose has been tightening but Iran may still be ripe for an internal reform that could clobber Ahmadinejad`s ass before he helps start World War 3.
A clue to internal possibility comes from Iranian philosopher Daryush Shayegan who spoke to Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders about possibilities in modern Persia. Shayegan is well placed to understand the history and modern dynamic of Iranian culture and he says the younger generation no longer believes in the revolution. "His message and that of his contemporaries is that its worth waiting for Ayatollahs to be replaced. And that the self immolation of Iran`s revolution will have a profound effect on the rest of the world". Yeah, if we massage the levers of a non violent revolution then it might dramatically impact the entire mid eastern world.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will" Gandhi
But our Gods of War have the patience of crocs in a feeding frenzy and their eye is on their real prize. Oil! Cheney, Bush and Steve Harper have shown their colors in Iraq and will accept 100,000+ dead civilians (see Lancet study) before they consider Shayegan`s call for patience and wide reaching effective change. Citizens of North America need to send these guys a message before its too late? Before they cause a shitestorm of terrorism and worldwide pain with another needless war. War here means higher oil prices, world wide inflation and more hungry (i.e. starvation) people in too many corners of the planet.
These seem like good enough reasons to exhaust negotiation, sanctions and containment as best hope for Iranian cultural revolution. Help the Iranians with Gandhi`s indomitable will. Iran cannot pose a serious nuclear threat for many years (read this Gwynne Dyer column) so a medium of patience is allowed for a karmacheck. Dead civilians are a karmacheck and these Iranians may still have that chance to resolve their oppression with a little help from their friends. That could be me and you. But if Cheney gets his way and the bombs start flying then we might as well buy more EXXON/MOBIL stock and park our consciences up our sorry asses!