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(en) Italy, UCADI #167: THE LONG-LASTING STRUGGLE OF THE IRANIANS (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 Mar 2023 08:40:56 +0200

It has been four months now since the women and men of Iran have engaged in the final battle with the country's Islamic government . The intensity of the struggle shows no sign of abating, despite the deaths at the hands of the police, of women and men, the hangings, the thousands of injured, women raped, tortured, arrests and administrative repression of demonstrators. ---- The mobilizations and street demonstrations, the acts of civil disobedience, instead of decreasing due to the effects of an increasingly brutal and murderous repression, intensified and became generalized throughout the territory. Not only that, but indignation prevails over the fear of repression every time the forty days of mourning for a death recall the violence suffered, triggering the escalation of repression in the face of popular demonstrations.
What is at stake is civil freedom for the country which at the same time has to face a very heavy economic crisis, a substantial deterioration in the standard of living of its population, the growth of ethnic discrimination among its population and also that of the various religious components of the country, governed by the most fundamentalist and radical wing of the Shiite clergy.
After forty years of regime the measure seems full.
Western states and societies blather about support and support for the people's movement, but in fact they do nothing but support the movement with some sporadic demonstrations by civil society and denounce the repression.
Iranian political emigration is left alone to be indignant, powerless.

The reasons for the lack of support

The reasons for the lack of support are complex and reside above all in the refusal to tackle the problem of the relationship with the Islamic world in a critical and organic way and therefore the Palestinian problem, the collateral problem of the Kurdish people, the problems of political management of the Sunni countries, also in relation to their relationship with those with a Shiite majority.
Posing the Palestinian people's problem of having its own land and a state entity that represents it means clashing with Israel and US interests in the Middle East and this, for internal US political reasons, is very difficult, also due to the economic implications and the geostrategic consequences. The recent Israeli crackdown on Palestine is proof of this all the more in light of Israel's attempt to use every international crisis, in this case the war in Ukraine, to widen the expropriation of land and the expulsion of Palestinians.
The impossibility even of tackling the Palestinian question is accompanied and complicated by the insensitivity towards the Kurdish people, used without restraint in the fight against Isis and then abandoned to the massacre by the Turks, again for geostrategic reasons. but mostly political. And this is because the creation of a political entity that includes all of Kurdistan would create a wedge in the Islamic world, both on a territorial level, subtracting territory and resources from Turkey, Iran and Iraq, from Syria, as well as imposing the redefinition of territorial borders as well as military balances in the strategic Middle Eastern area, would shake the balance of forces between Sunni and Shiite states to its very foundations.
What would be shocked would be both the role and the autocratic management of the Sunni Islamic countries, of their tribal autocracies, which live in alliance with the clergy, strong in oil revenues and gas extraction, which have become even more strategic in the context of international alignments after the Ukrainian war , organic allies of the United States,
destabilizing the entire Middle East area, especially since the Kurds are the bearers of a civil society project which has demonstrated its ability to effectively combat clericalism, its ability to promote women's emancipation and social rights, knowing how to free those populations from religious-based conflicts thanks to the construction of a new society based on secularism, gender equality, self-management.
Furthermore, what would happen in the Sunni world would certainly force even the countries with a Shiite majority to look at their own political and power structures, at the role of the clergy, at that of the confessional social structures which have a strategic function on the economy of those countries. A review of these ratios and balances would involve
too many interests, which results in support for the current regime and hinders change. Only the duration of the mobilization can help the success of the struggle movement.

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