posted on Sep, 29 2012 @ 07:42 PM
I have previously cautioned against this phenomenon of, "Ah, they oppose the hegemony of America, therefore they must be innocent victims of
propaganda." I feel that this is a very dangerous dynamic and tendency, and it is something I see more and more of. The same thing happened
frequently during the Cold War (especially in the 60s, which led to the famous Beatles lyric, "but when you start talkin' about Charmain Mao,"
etc.,) with many Americans believing that the USSR and China were bastions of human rights and dignity compared to the U.S.
When I raise this point, people frequently point to the perceived evils of America, as though they excuse the human rights abuses and other things
happening inside Iran and other nations. When I try to say that I don't take either side, and instead believe that all sides in this equation are
wrong and not protecting their citizens' rights, to say nothing of world peace and stability, I am told that I must be naive of America's evils and
that in comparison, Iran's government are saints.
I respect everyone's views, but it is still my personal belief that this is dangerous and ill conceived. From where I sit, the leaders and internal
power structures (whatever forms they may take) of both countries (and most if not all other countries for that matter) are trying to expand their own
power and control within their respective spheres of influence, usually to the detriment of their citizens' rights, wellbeing, and peace. The
differences I see, while extreme, are only in degrees in my opinion, not in principle or sufficient to form any sort of moral highground. At
least not by my own ethical standards. As George Carlin once said, "What is the moral difference between sawing the head off of one, or two, or five,
or ten people's heads, and dropping a great big bomb on a hospital and killing a bunch of sick kids?" Intent? That's cold comfort.
So I cannot take Iran's side just because they oppose American's foreign policy. Nor I can take America's side simply because I reside here and was
born here. Instead I will simply oppose war, oppression, conflict and advocate peace, unity, and freedom. That may be idealistic and naive. But so is,
in my opinion, thinking that Iran's government are innocent of all wrongdoing in comparison to the U.S.