Apr 20, 2006

To Sanction or Not To Sanction?

Don't get me started on the United Nations, or especially, the U.N. Security Council!! Um, let's see we've got the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China (and now Germany) sitting around, discussing what happens to lives of Iranian people living in Iran. And what a surprise to know that the first 4 of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (plus germany) were key players in the western imperialist attempts to colonize Iran back in the day. Although they never "officially" colonized Iran, with the amount of political economic influence they had, they might as well have!

So here we are, years and years later, and the mofo's just don't quit. It's the same damn thing continuing from before (and if anyone says the words "post" with colonial or "new" with "world order" they are just plain ignorant. PLEASE, what is so passe about colonialism and new about this fricken world order?!)

So now we've got the average western person, who normally wouldn't give a shit, worried like, "damn those gas prices! How can I afford to keep my gas-guzzling SUV?!" And not to mention the ripple effect of high gas prices, which = rising prices in commodities/services and slowing down of econonmic growth (you know the rest).

Iran is the world's 4th largest producer of crude oil, and OPEC's second largest oil producer. As you might know, oil prices have hit a record high of $72.64 a barrel, and it's got people worried about a cut in supplies by Iran.

Yup. BE worried. Be worried about your cars, your rent, your cost of living...because then you'll see how interconnected all this shit really is. When you had no idea where on the map Iran was (or Afghanistan or Iraq or Palestine...) now you'll know because the situation of that country affects your life thousands and thousands of miles away.

There are Iranians who I'm worried about. What is going to happen after heavy sanctioning? What's going to happen to the already below the poverty line population of Iran? What's going to happen if they decide to attack Iran (nuclear or conventional)? What's going to happen if they sanction and attack?

Remember Iraq? Do you know what hell the Iraqis went through during the sanction period and the regular U.S. bombing that continued even after the Gulf War ended (which noone really knows about)?

So the next time your neighbour, your child's teacher, your friend or some random person says to you, "damn those rising gas prices!"
you say to them,
"Damn that power-hungry, money-hungry U.S. global order that's killing the people who supply our oil!"

Peace.

4 Comments:

Blogger brownfemipower said...

girl, i am so fucking sorry about this shit. i am just so fucking sorry.

i have worried about this iranian thing since the minute they started talking about it--the fuckers got away with this shit against iraq and afghanistan,now any other country that might have had qualms about it *sees* that we got away with it and are hoping on board just as easily as can be. i've heard so many people saying "but iran is different"--but so is iraq and afghanistan--there didn't used to be u.s. military bases strategically placed all over iraq and afghanistan.

you are right. this is colonialism, this is a world order. it's scary as hell, and by the time americans are ready to stand up and reclaim their soul from the devil that is their government, it's going to be too late.

8:24 PM  
Blogger rabfish said...

it is so unreal to me. Iran has a functioning government that, with all its tremendous issues, has tremendous vitality and credibility in the Muslim world. I cannot fathom attempting regime change there, particularly in a country with such recent tremendously grassroots revolutionary history. Don't these people know you can't fuck with the Irani people?

Thanks for all your work gathering these resources that we can read.

11:43 PM  
Blogger rabfish said...

I just realized I used 'tremendous' three times in that post.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Pomegranate Queen said...

Ya BFP - I know, we all thought Iran's case was different but you never know what they've got in store

Rabfish - lol! tremendous IS the word to use. and thanks for that, "you can't fuck with Irani people" comment! For REAL. Look at Filistinis, Iraqis, Afghanis and others who put up a fight - Iranis are the same...and as you said, considering the history of grassroots resistance and organizing...it's true - they are definitely not ones to fuck with.

But regime change and war aside...the sanctions will most likely happen. THAT is what's disturbing and worrying me the most right now.

10:11 AM  

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