The Case of Shirin Ebadi

May 26, 2007 at 4:53 am (Faux Iranian Dissidents)

Shirin Ebadi is back in the United States and has been, amongst other things, suggesting that Iran is a lawless state “Iran does not observe laws.” Many liberals, who consider Ebadi a “human rights worker,” have not looked into Ebadi’s politics, and statements. While she may, for example, call Iran a “lawless state” on CNN – she has refrained from pointing out how the US has arrested hundreds and thousands without any pretext, without any charges, and are holding them in places such as Guanatanemo, and in other torture gulags.

Ebadi’s political leanings are towards returning to an Iran that was under the “shah” – while she does not advocate monarchy, she is extremely uncomfortable with the anti-imperialist stand of the Islamic Republic, and would prefer to return to an era where Iran was best friends with the US and “Israel.” In this respect, she is a “human rights worker” only in name, and she primarily serves those interests that would prefer an Iran that had a “mutually beneficial relationship” as a puppet of American imperialism.

There was a time when relations between the United States and the Iranian government were mutually beneficial. That honeymoon period began in 1953 when Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, was in power. A good friend of the United States, the shah purchased U.S. weapons and signed important oil contracts with American companies. He also became a close ally of Israel in the Middle East.

Also see an Open Letter to Shirin Ebadi:

“Dear Ms. Shirin Ebadi:

The appeal you and Mohammad Sahimi addressed to “Western democracies” in the International Herald Tribune on January 19 disappointed this former admirer of yours. Your invitation to the current and previous imperial powers to intervene for human rights in Iran fails precisely on grounds of the noble principles you invoked to construct your argument.

You are used to being adored as a fearless champion who speaks truth to power in Iran. But when it comes to democracy and equality beyond Iran’s borders — the big picture — you stand with the anti-democratic powerful. Therefore, your advocacy for the rule of law, pluralism, and human rights in the International Herald Tribune ends up contradicting these very ideals.

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Ordinary Iranians need not be historians to know that advance of the so-called free-market “democracy” is, on the contrary, accomplished by systematic uprooting and brutality in the name of law. They experienced it during the rule of the deposed Shah and they have seen it in Indochina, Indonesia, South Africa, Chile, Nicaragua, Colombia, Yugoslavia, Palestine, Iraq, and dozens of other blood-soaked places. That awareness explains the reluctance of the vast majority of Iranians to join you in decisive action against the current government in Iran.

In 1978-79, Iranians overpowered one of the mightiest police states the world has known with bare hands, against the wishes of global powers. I challenge you to explain why you believe our people could not do the same today, if they wished to, without the foreign help that you advocate.

Iranian reformists focus exclusively on government wrongdoing, conveniently neglecting that today’s world is equally misruled by multinational corporations which lack transparency. You have asked Western investors and their partner, the World Bank, to help correct human rights abuses in Iran. I hate to burst your bubble, Ms. Ebadi, but you are in effect asking unelected entities to teach democracy to an elected government! That is hardly a healthy way to promote transparency, because now the whole world knows that the private sector has corrupted the US government to the bone.”

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1 Comment

  1. mike said,

    Excellent article. Instead of being a mouthpiece for American-imperialist type democracy, Ms. Ebadi instead should be more vocal against the horrific atrocities of US in Iraq and Israel in Palestine. Then her viewpoints would be concerned a lot more justified.

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