Sunday, June 21, 2009

How CSN reacts to Iran

Dictator Loses Face In Iran;
CSN supports civilians

A public statement of
the China Support Network
- June 21, 2009 -

The 2009 crisis in Iran has been compared with Tiananmen Square, the occasion 20 years ago when China's dictatorship responded violently to civilian protests with a military crackdown that killed over 3,000 people.

Of course, these two events are not the same and there are comparisons and contrasts that may be drawn. But at a deep level, the two occasions are both stories of civilian masses of ordinary people encountering "state violence," armed and bloody suppression that violates basic precepts of freedom and fundamental human rights.

This statement is written from the China Support Network, where the ostensible scope of our organization is to support the Chinese civilians against the Chinese dictators. However, we are a part of the international human rights community, and we are not blind to the suffering of others. For example, in 2005 the dictatorship in Uzbekistan opened fire and slaughtered civilians in the Andijon massacre. That was on May 13, 2005.

On June 3, 2005, for the 16th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, the CSN speech was titled, "There is no future in being a dictator!"

Most of the speech denounced the Chinese dictatorship, but Uzbekistan was mentioned so that in 2005, CSN said: "The publics of China and Uzbekistan could rightly be angry at the authorities in those countries; the authorities have been mass murderers of innocent civilians." Now in 2009, the publics of China, Uzbekistan, and Iran could rightly be angry at the authorities in those countries.

The statement in 2005 said, "As the Tiananmen community, we should extend our sympathies and heartfelt condolences, where we can relate to the victims, and the population that is being violated in government atrocities. We know just what those civilians are going through. Enough is enough of regime aid for Uzbekistan! --By that, I mean that the Western establishment should cut off Uzbekistan."

Today in 2009, as the Tiananmen community, we should extend sympathy and condolence once again. Regrettably, Iran 2009 has joined a list that includes Uzbekistan 2005 and China 1989. The China Support Network can underscore that "no, it is not acceptable to slaughter unarmed civilians at a lawful protest. That applies no matter what country is in question, and what year is on the calendar."

In this case, Iran's "supreme" dictator, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, overplayed his hand. The role of a final arbiter ought to be to "settle the argument" when disputes arise. Khamenei was swept into the drama of Iran by taking sides in the present dispute too early -- he helped to start the argument. He can no longer be looked upon as neutral or impartial; he is clearly one side of the power struggle that is now dividing Iran. And now, there is no remaining final arbiter to settle the argument.

There is a loss of face entailed for Khamenei. At the Friday prayers of June 19, 2009, he drew a line in the sand and personally forbade demonstrations on Saturday. On Saturday, demonstrators defied that order and went to the streets in protest. Some number of people were killed by security personnel who attempted to enforce Khamenei's premeditated crackdown. Violence may still be underway as this statement is prepared on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Hence, the death toll may still be rising.

The China Support Network applauds the bravery of the Iranian civilians and notes that Iranian government has devolved to a Fascist Islamic Mafia. It may be said that civilians crossed a line by demonstrating on Saturday, but when bloodshed starts from a violent government crackdown, that too is crossing a line. The lines are crossed sufficiently that the China Support Network rejects and denounces both the violence and its perpetrator, the less-than-democratic Iranian government.

It is time to stand in solidarity with the civilian population of Iran, and with Iranian dissidents in an Iranian democracy movement. We must hope for the improvement of conditions there and for the emergence of self-government in an Iran that respects freedom, democracy, and human rights. In the future, we may include Iranian dissidents in our human rights rallies. (They are already venues that sometimes see Tibetans, Uighurs, Mongols, Vietnamese, Burmese, and Laotians on the program.) It is time to expand our human rights efforts for all oppressed peoples.


  1. "Fascist Islamic Mafia" hey look - The "Lesereque" contributor here has come up with a new variation of "Islamofascism"... hell, even Rush gave up on that ridiculous spin a year ago...

    "... the less-than-democratic Iranian government."

    Would that be less-than-democratic because the pro-globalization candidate lost? Or because of all the phony Tweets coming from outside Iran? You should be more specific.

    "it is not acceptable to slaughter unarmed civilians.."

    Now it's a "slaughter"? I've seen one phony death scene, and another where civilian "Young Republicans" present what APPEARS to be a body, then they run off with it.... and yes, I have seen PLENTY of videos showing ARMED civilians...

    "... at a lawful protest."

    Wanna watch some videos of these "lawful protesters" blowing buildings up and setting fires in the streets? Wanna watch em attacking official Basij stations with Molotov cocktails? It's all on video buddy...

    "It is time to stand in solidarity with the civilian population of Iran..."

    Yes, John The lesser Leser, it IS TIME to stand in solidarity with the civilian population of Iran.. time for people who have enough common sense to look beyond the empty rhetoric of war-monger fake "progressives" to see the real situation in Iran.

    The Iranian people voted to keep the president they have. That is the WILL of the Iranian people. They saw past the lies and the Wall Street ad campaign that Mousavi really represented... and they chose the right candidate FOR THEM.

    We MUST stand in solidarity with the people of Iran and REJECT the lies and the propaganda campaign being fabricated to gin up sympathy for this regime change.

    Fewer and fewer Mousavi supporters have been showing up. Probably because they see through this obvious propaganda and they have come to realize they are being lied to and USED by neo-liberals who want to slam the next Friedman Miracle on the people of Iran.

  2. Theres a common theme running through the JK and WL. Me.

    We can agree on the stand in solidarity with the people of Iran and we can agree on the neo-conservative need to rid Ahmadinejad from Iran.

    The economic conditions in Iran have been overblown and MSM has been complicit. Mousavi represents the same change we have here.

    Another step to the World Order that Ahmadinejad rejects and Israel and GB, DC and world bankers want. And they are using the MEK CIA, MOSSAD and other media shills to promote the misinformation.

    Obama would be happy to deal with Mousavi, NCRI, MEK and the rest as they all work for the same 40 bankers.

    The lesser of two evils is we either decide on the Order or we continue to see this scenario played out all over the world.

    I remember the british were coming and we fought. The fact is it wasn’t the British but the elite royal kings banker and taxes we were fighting.

    Why do we reject it when someone else is fighting the globalist, socialist, communist or elites and their attempts to take over? Because of their words, wealth, lies or false flags and propaganda.

    Democrats Fabians and Pilgrims start the wars and the devisive tool is freedom which they have no intention of giving after they have used the people to kill at their bidding.

    Until I can get the information first hand, i’ll presume the peaceful protest is unrestricted and the MEK and other CIA driven covert action is being addressed in more direct opposition and force.

    Mr. Transparency is full of shit and this attempted coup or rebellion is going to fail.