Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Neocons and their plans for the future of Iran

This is scary! But again, "peaceful" regime change through building alliances with "the people" in Iran is nothing new. This strategy seems to have been in making for a while now. Soon after the beginning of the "war on terrorism," Bush made statements in support of "the people of Iran"; Senator Brownback suggested support of pro-democracy Opposition groups in Iran; the conservative think tank, Hoover Institute (with people such as Condoleeza Rice and George Schultz) hired Abbas Milani to start a program on the "future" of Iran; and .... I am sure many secret meetings have been taking place with those who the U.S. government wants to hire for this project (there seems to be a happy neoliberal alliance between neocons and conservatives on this matter!)
Well, neoliberalism as a new form of governmentality is at work... Are we surprised? The only thing these nice people fail to tell us is that neoliberal economic policies have created huge gaps between the poor and the rich, all in the name of "development." Neoliberal policies have often supported dictatorships, in the name of freedom and democracy.
Things that one can do in the name of "the people and "for the "good of the people!" Can someone please tell me, who are these "people" for whom so much advocacy is being done in U.S. think tanks, and by politicians who have significant investments in multinational corporations? I am sure many who live in Iran and its diaspora desire regime change (I myself being one). But the question is, at what cost?
It seems that the Internet and diaspora are envisioned as having a major role in this plan for "peaceful" regime change in Iran. Can I hope for resistance that comes from within power? Can I hope that people in weblogistan resist such intervention?


The sidebar image is taken from Mahmoud Pakzad's "Old Tehran", Did Publishers, 1994. Thanks to Jahanshah Javid (www.iranian.com) for sharing it.

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