The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Iranian human rights activists testified before the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian Parliament:
"The demographics are on the side of democratic change. 70% of Iranians are 30 years of age and under. They are part of a post-ideological, post-utopian, pragmatic culture and are much more concerned with employment, transparency, rooting out corruption, developing the economy, creating hope for the future, having cultural freedoms, and enjoying human rights and democratic freedoms. The average Iranian does not wake up in the morning fantasizing about nuclear capability or about wiping Israel off the map. This is an expedient of President Ahmadinejad because this kind of polemic is the only thing he can offer the Iranian people as they decline further and further into hopelessness, social despair, and economic decline."
Canada can play a vital role in helping the Iranian people achieve their democratic goals and form a responsible and freely elected government.
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For Ezra to state this in his Monday SUN colum is a disgrace. "But was it necessary to so thank their captors, on television?
Has he no idea that those apologies were forced by the Iranians?
Is he so bullish and selfish to attack brave UK sailors?.
I suggest that had it been Ezra in Iran under captivity that he would hum a sweet song for the Iranian thugs if he was under the threats they were.
The female UK sailor was forced to strip and was humilated , does Ezra forget that?
Blair did not bomb Iran true but he not negotiate either.
Blair stood firm and the sailors were released at no thanks to the Publisher of the Western Standard.
Posted by: freedom | 2007-04-10 3:44:29 PM
Yea right! PM Blair and the British government failed totally and disgraced the great past of what used to be Great Britain. They behaved as a supplicant as though Iran was a great power. The British reaction (lack of action) revealed a civilisation in decline. This is no longer the civilisation that produced a Churchill and a Thatcher.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-04-10 4:13:07 PM
Iran does not have a freely elected government? Please tell me that Wikipedia and the BBC are not lying to me!
Posted by: Mark Logan | 2007-04-10 4:31:32 PM
Logan, you just crossed the line and proved you're a total Froot Loop. Granted you may just be profoundly stupid, but try and grasp the concept of what goes on in Iran with Iranians who are politically active. Maybe you can figure out who gets to be listed on Iranian election ballots and how they got there.
Posted by: anon | 2007-04-10 4:50:10 PM
And Castro and Saddam Hussein were also democratically elected - year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year.
Posted by: obc | 2007-04-10 4:52:54 PM
Blair is a Socialist, translated, a Lefty. Case closed.
That said, he did not govern totally as a Lefty. He did stray off the traditional Lefty course on occasion.
One of his saving graces is his forceful speaking ability which gave the impression he was decisive and in control. A very talented orator. For some, that's all it takes.
Similarities with the bombastic rhetorical skills of Paul Martin, but that's where it ends, Martin was devoid of credibility due to the road he took gain power and the divisions he created in a party he worked ten years to lead. He also lied about his main opponent, Stephen Harper.
Posted by: LizJ | 2007-04-10 4:59:26 PM
Blair's tenure in the UK is finished. He has done enormous damage to his Party. PM Harper is fortunate that Chretien and Martin have for all intents and purposes destroyed the Liberal Party of Canada. talked with our Mail Person, young mother of three
working very long hours out delivering mail, too long actually. I pointed out that if PM Harper gets
a mandate - Canada Post will change - it is in fact at the Management level a Liberal fifedom. Macleod
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-04-10 5:29:20 PM
There are a few parts to democracy. Only one part is actually holding an election. There is the entire lead-up, including freedom to be nominated, from all infringements, the freedom to run, the freedom to say your point, and access to media etc... and also the freedom to hold meetings, recruit and do all other manner of things which are part of getting elected.
But wait, there is more.
There is also the freedom to go around and select who you actually want to vote for.
Yes, the freedom to say what kind of person you want in office.
But wait, there is more.
There is also the freedom to decide what issues there are in the first place, as well as which ones will be vented in the free open during the election period, and leading up to the election.
Oh but dear, there is more!
There is the freedom of the press, to cover, and the freedom of the people to cover, whatever issues they want, as groups and as individuals.
There is freedom to think freely about whatever you want.
Please, don't share with us everything you freely think about, because I am not interested. Especially in those thoughts.
But wait, there is more!
There is the freedom to participate as far away from oppressive groups, that would have you cow to the moon and back!
Yes, the moon. And the star, Get it?
Freedom to be political, without having someone else's version of their religion stuffed into your face, until you are sick and perspire.
Then, there is the freedom to hold ballots, be o0n ballots, and have ballots without corruption.
Then there is the freedom to count in freedom, with supervision, that there is no corruption.
Then there is the freedom to post the truth of the results, that have been gathered by people who have ran for an election and voted in an election, in freedom! One person, with one vote! That includes men and women! With secret ballots.
Then after the count, there is the freedom to govern with the free feedback from the people. Well sure, it is not free, and anyone who has ran, and won, knows that that is really not where the democratic work began, and it is not where the democratic work ends.
When you look at Iran, all you have are elections. The rest is controlled by the Imams who have a say in who runs and who does not run; who votes, and who does not vote. It is not free democracy therefore it is fake democracy ; therefore you really cannot say that it is democracy at all.
And wait, there is more.
The President of Iran? Was he freely elected? No, he was not. He was selected as one of the Imans little terrorist boys, willing to do the bidding of the Imams first, and foremost. He sits in the seat at the bidding of the Imams, to do their dirty work. he is not a democratically elected President. He is a theocratically selected pile of bs, slected from a biased and discriminating group of people, who would easily get their sands-off to satisfy their religious needs, over the needs of the people, any day of the week. And that is why they continue to suffer.
When the people finally get sick of this, they will boot them out. Hopefully that will occur before the dispicable terrorists and their supporters kill more innocent people.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-04-10 8:17:04 PM
The Iranian regime is getting bolder and more powerful. A few activists may not want to be slaves to the regime, but until the majority of Iranians decide that they would prefer a future without all the death and destruction that's coming their way, there's not a whole lot Canada can do unfortunately.
Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-04-12 12:05:57 AM
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