Tuesday, June 27, 2006
“I'm sorry for what happened to those boys. However, I will not protest in the current political environment lest my actions be mistaken or misinterpreted as support for regime change in Iran. I will not add any kindling, no matter how small, to the mad fires of U.S., Israeli and Western imperialism and the quest for world domination, which want very much to torch Iran to the ground, its institutions, civil society, museums, libraries, schools and mostly its people, as has been done in neighboring Iraq.”The double standard that some people hold for repressive regimes is sickening. How can you possibly say you support human rights and not take a stand against this type of action by the Iranian government?
We saw this same double standard pop up concerning the genocide in Darfur. A number of Indybay folks even claimed that the protests aimed at ending the genocide were “revealing [their] true aims--to villify (sic) the arab world, thus deflecting from the criminal state of Israel.” Vilify? I know that this may not gel well with Indybay, but genocide is taking place in Darfur. If anything, these types of activists demonstrate an obvious disregard for human life, unless it is people who fall under their “pet projects”.
In the eyes of many Indymedia writers, even when genocide is perpetuated in Africa, Israel is to blame. What these activists need to realize is that many of us who support Israel also believe in a Palestinian state. I would not be able to defend every action Israel has taken against Palestine either. But to make the accusation that all the world’s problems pale in comparison to what is going on in the Middle East, or worse, that all the world’s problems are somehow an Israeli construct, then you have crossed the line into loony town. If you are going to hold Israel to such standards of conduct, you had better extend those principles to all nations and people.
When it comes down to it, the gay community will legally celebrate their rights and culture in cities across America and Israel, while their Iranian counterparts may be put to death by their government for simply being.
But of course, this is all the doing of those evil Zionists.