Towards A Good Samaritan World

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Food for thought:

Thousands of Iraqi exiles living in Iran have funded a lavish advertising campaign on Iranian state television in favour of the United Iraqi Alliance, a 224-strong candidate list of Shia parties running in Sunday's general elections.

Iranian state TV has also been carrying adverts for "List 169", a Shia grouping backed by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and led by Abdel Aziz Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Mr Hakim's party has close ties with the Iranian regime.

The French monarchy strongly backed the American revolution. The American revolution, in turn, inspired the French revolution which overthrew the monarchy. Are we about to see, once again, the geopolitical intrigues of a repressive regime backfire by inciting a discontented populace to pursue at home the transformations their rulers are helping to engineer abroad? The Islamic Republic of Iran wants their people to see Shia triumphing over Shiites. But maybe the people will see democrats triumphing over Islamists instead-- and try it at home.


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