Furniture store Habitat has apologised for causing offence after accusations it exploited unrest in Iran to drive online Twitter users to its products. Keywords – called hashtags – such as ‘Iran’ and ‘Mousavi’ were added to its messages so people searching for those subjects would see the firm’s adverts.
But actually there is a serious point, look how a UK corporation saw the chance to make money off Iran, it is a rather comical attempt that nevertheless symbolises the role of Western interference seeking to tilt events in Iran towards their agendas. This potted BBC history of UK/Iran relations avoids deep analysis by keeping to bare information, the MKO/MEK show up with an obtuse mention that they were ‘taken off the list of terrorist groups by the EU in January‘ and are called an ‘Iranian opposition group‘ by interviewed academic Rosemary Hollis, [Middle East analyst at City University in London] a former Chatham house bigwig. The coup is admitted to but the Shah’s Savak with torture training by the CIA never make an appearance in the article.
Meanwhile… as if eager to prove Marx right (‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce‘) guess who the National Press Club in Washington decide to give a newsmaker event to?
National Press Club in Washington– The exiled son of the late shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, warned Monday of dire consequences for the volatile Middle East and the rest of the world if the popular uprising in Iran is crushed.
The defeat of the movement protesting the outcome of presidential elections 10 days ago would not only threaten global stability but could lead to nuclear war, Pahlavi told a news conference here.
Clearly he knows which side his neocon bread is buttered. Ah yes them, well it goes without saying they are frothing at the bit
But Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said that the United States must take whatever steps necessary to ensure that Iran does not procure a nuclear bomb. “This is a suicidal nation,” he said. “It’s a terrorist nation.”
Hmmm, spot the common theme here? A theme being recycled from the arguments to escalate Obama’s war in Afghanistan/Pakistan, where apparently he does not mourn the lives ‘lost’ (are they lost? That implies something careless and accidental, he is the Commander in Chief his forces did this deliberately, that’s not lost, that’s murder) nor are heroic protesters in Palestine afforded sympathy.
So it takes some awareness to recognise the crocodile tears of imperialists from true solidarity with integrity towards Iranians showing us what democratic engagement against an authoritarian establishment is really like. Just as our governments seek to distance the events with reformer/hardliner framing because they wouldn’t want us to get ideas above our station, that we actually could challenge the hegemony of our elites. That to me is what Iranians are teaching the world. That many of our means to help are so withered and corrupted is shameful, so much so that to help the protesters we must also include opposing what our establishments are plotting.
Now, I am sick of writing about it, I want to find concrete practical things we can do to help. Suggestions welcome.