Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What do real Iranians think ?

Iranian bloggers are commenting extensively on the nuclear row between Iran and the West. A significant number of bloggers seem to blame President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular for the crisis and suggest that he has taken Iran to the brink of war.

The sports lovers are worried that the Iranian team may be expelled from the World Cup because of the nuclear issue and Mr Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel and the Holocaust. There are expressions of confidence about support for Iran in the Islamic world and suggestions that Iranian politicians are playing a sophisticated game.

Below are some entries from a selection of Iranian blogs:

'It smells of war'

I wish God would take this sense of national honour away from us; no, I wish He wouldn't but I wish we'd use it at appropriate times...

Why is it that our planes crash, our buildings collapse at the slightest tremor, our cars burst into flames, we don't have even a half-standard football stadium in the entire country, but when it comes to nuclear energy, it's a national issue?!... Anyway, it smells of war. God help us. Our people have suffered a lot over these past 100 years.

'Deflecting public opinion'

Mr Ahmadinejad didn't mention in any of his campaign slogans that, if he became president, he intended to remove Israel from the map...

I also don't recall him promising that he'd take the nuclear file to the point of having international sanctions imposed on the country, having the file referred to the Security Council, sacrificing the country's economic interests and war...

What has brought the government to this point today is that it's realised that it's not capable of fulfilling even 55% of its campaign slogans... so it wants to deflect domestic public opinion by creating constant international crises in order to pretend that it's foreigners who are preventing the government from fulfilling its promises.

Listening to VOA

As I was going about my work in the evening, I was listening to the "Roundtable with You" programme on the Voice of America and I think that it was an interesting and enlightening programme about the current tensions and the consequences of the sanctions that the Security Council may adopt towards Iran. Make sure you listen to it. I've recorded it for friends who may not be able to access VOA's site because it's being blocked.

Opposition to sanctions

Well, the uranium enrichment crisis seems to have reached its acute stages and it's becoming more severe every day. What's the world to do in the face of this problem? Like most Iranians, I'm opposed to any kind of solution that inflicts suffering on the people.

Support in the Islamic world

Since I know a lot of Arabs and Muslims, I have to say that they're very, very happy for Iran to even have nuclear weapons. And their argument is always based on the problem of Israel. I've talked to a lot of Britons and Europeans too. They too say that it's Iran's right, because Israel has this technology too.

'Who says Iran is different from Iraq?'

I think that it might be possible to do something before we're taken to the Security Council, but I doubt it'll be possible afterwards, because, after referral, Iran will cease its voluntary cooperation measures and inspectors will probably not be allowed into Iran. Who says Iran is different from Iraq?

'Count yourself lucky'

Today, my American professor told me: You Iranians should count yourselves lucky that we attacked Iraq, because if we hadn't attacked them, we'd have attacked you by now!

'Congratulations Mr President!'

Greetings Mr President! I wanted to congratulate you. God willing, you're on a roll, taking our dear country towards ruin... I won't allow the flames of war, ruin, famine and wretchedness to be lit in my country. I don't want to be shamed any further before the world. I don't want war! I don't want nuclear energy. This oil is more than enough for me.

'God help us!'

God help us. And it's only been five months [since Ahmadinejad became president]. We still have three years and six months to go - if it isn't extended.


Come on you guys. It's really bad to be so indifferent to the country's current affairs and to be totally immersed in personal concerns. I was talking to a friend today about recent political-social issues, the possibility of an embargo and so on, and I realized that they couldn't care less and were only concerned about their own banal affairs.

We all have something called social responsibility. Look how the Europeans are involved in all kinds of movements now for the sake of future generations. But all we think about is our research and finishing our theses and we couldn't care less what's happening in the world.
All these blogs were read by the BBC Monitoring team and the full article and links to the actual sites can be found here.

What a wonderfully diverse range of views. The very people that could likely be killed if those that wish for an immediate attack on Iran got their way. In my opinion those that are willing to bomb Iran without a second thought should spend a moment or two actually getting to know what sort of people they are willing to sacrifice simply based on their view of a President that isn't actually that popular at home ...

Hmmm now where else could that apply ?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It don't believe most of the postings made are from iranians. Seems like a media propaganda to make it clear that iran people hate their president. I personally do like any kind of war, but does it make sense we go for war just to make peace?.

January 31, 2006 1:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry. One simply mistake. I don't like clashes of any kind :(

January 31, 2006 1:28 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

remember the hostage crisis in 1979.. war is politics. war is business.


January 31, 2006 2:37 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

It don't believe most of the postings made are from iranians.

Hahaha , really ? I take it you didn't actually go and look at the blogs for yourself then ? these are real people that you can go and talk too , most of them speak our language but I doubt you speak theirs . I make an attempt to show people that there are good people in Iran , that they have democracy and a large number don't like what is going on between Iran and the west and by denying all these weblogs from being Iranian your attempting to dehumanize them again.

For your reference . below is each and every blog that the quotes come from , speak to these people yourself . ask them , get to know them , then make a judgment

An interesting debate taking place between the Iranian bloggers and people from the US is taking place on one of the blogs http://amshaspands.blogspot.com/


Ps . I would normally make the links more tidy but then someone would doubt the web sites even more

the phrase 'you can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink' comes to mind


January 31, 2006 9:21 pm  
Blogger Mea said...

From World News:
IRAN has handed over to the International Atomic Energy Agency a document whose only use would be in making nuclear weapons parts, the IAEA says in a confidential report.

The report, to be tabled at an emergency meeting of the agency today, indicates several areas where Tehran is suspected of doing atomic work that could be related to military uses.

And it confirms that Iran has begun research relating to enriching uranium as Tehran prepares to make fuel for nuclear energy that could also be used as atom bomb material.

The report came after the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia agreed they would vote at the IAEA today for Iran's case to be sent to the UN.

February 02, 2006 1:41 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

would This be the document in question ?

Iran does not have the thousands of centrifuges required to do this and they are at least a decade away from doing so (unless you read the jp)the uranium being enriched is of no use in the creation of nuclear weapons and they will not have any facility to enrich Uranium to a higher enough level until 2012 !!so whats the problem . let the IAEA do its job.sometimes rhetoric is obvious ,

PS having looked at the November IAEA document I am sure that you will have read that although they had the doucmentation (which they themselves handed over) they have no means or enriching the Uranium to the level required.you can try and read what you like into a IAEA report but if you take the whole document it clearly says that there is no evidence that Iran is building a bomb at all.

Thats after 1300 days of inspections

February 02, 2006 1:50 am  
Blogger Mea said...

No. Different.


February 02, 2006 2:02 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

M . sorry I should have said , I was being cheeky :-)

I know it wasnt the same one.

just pointing out the double standards of many who judge Iran without knowing the history of their nuclear program (Am not saying you)

I got asked the same question two days ago on a different thread and i just cut and pasted some bits from my answer to them :-)

February 02, 2006 2:15 am  
Blogger Mea said...

Thanks for keeping it interesting.

February 02, 2006 2:19 am  
Blogger jin said...

If I can comment on Iranian blogers: bear in mind, that the curent president got elected in a fine democratic way. He has some support, allthough it seems that he is ridiculed and hated by many.

I bet that there are many Iranian blogs out there that support their president.

Now, as I hear, Ahmadinejad is hated in Iran by many becouse of his coservative views on music and clothing and freedom in general.

February 02, 2006 10:28 pm  

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