Tuesday, May 3, 2005
In favor of a drunken Allah
The least that I could do was stay awake. I could barely sleep for 48 hours.. At a certain moment I summoned the courage to call an old friend in Teheran. When he heard my name, he repeated it amazed, that I had come out from my own world, would briefly enter the graveyard of memory -the first time since I had gone into exile.
He asked me: Do you want to hear the voice of the new generation? By phone he let me hear a few rallying cries for freedom that people were shouting. I wanted to be there, with the generation for whose arrival we had to wait so long. I asked him if he would also join the protests. After an uncontrollable laughter he said: Afshin, we, you and I (professional revolutionaries) are retired. We, you and I, have saddled these children with the bearded men; with the veil; with the sharia; with the stonings of gays and women; with the burning of flags of other nations; with anti-Americanism; with anti-Semitism; with charlatans as the prophet Mohammad, Caliph Umar and Imam Ali. (...)
Five years after the date, the suppression, arrests, tortures and murder of the students are remembered throughout the world. In the Netherlands an independent Iranian student movement (18th Tir Movement: the 9-July Movement) organized a demonstration in the Hague on the square near Parliament. They had invited several Dutch speakers: members of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali[iv], (...) and the author Leon de Winter.
(...) De Winter spoke about a discussion amongst Dutch intellectuals with regard to China, where these intellectuals where wondering whether the Chinese really want democracy. Rightly he said that it was an obscene question. De Winter added: ask this question to the people in the Evin-prison, a place where for decades, the most courageous writers, poets and politicians of Iran are kept locked up. Ask Akbar Gandji, who has spent five years in Evin, whether he wants democracy and freedom. Ask Ensaf Ali Hedayat, who is also in Evin, if it was worth it to fight for democracy and freedom.
Hirsi Ali livened up the students with her presence and her words: "Especially now that the Netherlands is chairing the EU, it is important to put pressure on Iran to honor human rights. Therefore we demand the release of students, journalists, woman's rights activists and other political prisoners in Iran. I support the 18th-Tir Movement because I share your basic principles."(...) And to the disappointment of the Dutch postmodern nihilists (...), I have to report that many Muslims also support the principles of the Enlightenment.
But there are also angry Muslims, such as those Hague rappers. These insolent threateners of Hirsi Ali, the prototype product of European nihilism, should be sentenced to a prolonged stay in Iran or Saudi-Arabia. Life is not so cozy there, nor are there any lovers of foreigners or Moroccans.
I am certain that they, after a stay in the unsociable resort of Dar al Islam (the house of Islam), they would sigh in longing for the Dar al Harb (the house of peace, where Islam does not rule), namely Europe. At such a moment they too would look like those decent students of 1999 who protested for democracy.
9th of July or 18th of Tir was the day on which the gang of the Hezbollahs, with help from the Revolutionary Guard, finally stormed the university campus. They did what they were trained to do, namely killing and abusing innocent civilians. Hezbollah, the party of Allah, is the army of death.
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