Speak out Ms Ebadi!
Shirin Ebdai writes of fundamentalist “elements” in Iran that may be encouraged to become more so in the face of an attack by the US (in a piece for the International Herald Tribune, with Human Rights Watch’s Hadi Ghaemi). While her anti-war message is welcome (we should expect no less from a Nobel peace laureate) it needs to be radicalized.
“Getting the Iranian government to abide by… international standards is the human rights movement's highest goal,” she says. This is not true. The highest goal of the Iranian human rights movement is surely to end Islamic rule. She must accept that she and her colleagues are in fact pitching for a short-term goal: the improvement of human rights in Iran at present; perfectly worthy. However, if Ms Ebadi fails to slam the Islamic-terrorist regime in op-ed pages, she is doing a disservice to her people and a service to the Islamic regime by promoting the idea that things can improve, if only the US would leave off the fundamentalist “elements”.
These "elements" dominate the popcorn bucket that is Iran. They are the establishment. But, just like at the multiplex, with each salty serving you’ll still get a few sweet pieces. Ebadi is one such (that’s why she’s called Shirin). In order to stay so she must come out attacking Iran’s nuclear ambitions, demanding the release of Batebi and all political prisoners, join the exile community, and use her newfound status as a genuine international hero of the people to attack the Stupid White Men who run the United States. (Including Micheal Moore.)
You can read Ebadi's piece here: http://www.blogger.com/app/www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/08/opinion/edebadi.html