My friend had her daughters at a zoo when she heard, “Ma’am, there’s a lemur on your baby
Photos like this are being spread across the internet lately, and they are dangerous for a few reasons. If you’re too lazy to read below; basically ignorant Americans are blaming other people, governments, and religions for problems their own nation caused.
First, here is a history lesson on Afghanistan. From 1933 until 1973, Afghanistan was ruled under a man named Mohammed Zahir Shah. While he was a devout Muslim, he had a Western education in France. His reign marked four decades of peace and stability. With the introduction of a constitution Afghanistan progressively developed into a modern democratic state with free elections and a parliament, as well as a massive push for women’s rights, universal suffrage, education, worker’s rights, and civil rights. So yes, Afghanistan was doing well in the 60’s as this photo suggests. However, the photo doesn’t give you context for what went wrong.
During this period in time the Soviet Union had a strong influence in Afghanistan. They supported modernization and education in the Afghan state. The United States, not wanting to risk their hegemony in the region, clearly had a major problem with this. They were terrified of the spread of Communism and quickly developed a plan. Afghanistan would become the Cold War’s chessboard. In the late 80’s, the Saudis, Pakistanis, and the Americans brought in radical Islamists from around the world. They armed, trained, and directed them into a militant force, and they were called the mujahideen. They became the US’ main offense against the Soviets. It wasn’t to defend the Afghans against the Soviets who were ready to pull out, but to deliver as much harm against them imaginable. Carter wanted Afghanistan to be the Soviet’s “Vietnam”. And it was. When they finally retreated Afghanistan spun into chaos and a civil war ensued under the militant mujahideen warriors. Within this framework we saw the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and of course Osama bin Laden. All under the auspices of the United States security forces and American tax-payer monies. Clinton’s bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan was directly responsible for their rise. Oh, and then in what was most likely the greatest immoral injustice of the 21st century the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 only further driving the besieged nation further into turmoil.
What does this mean? The mujahideen, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda do not represent thousands of years of Afghan culture and Islam. They are a direct reaction to Western imperialism. The root cause for the disparity between the two pictures is foreign intervention. Not Islam, and certainly not Arabs.
Second, here is a history on Iran. Before 1953, Iran was ruled under a democratically elected man called Mohammad Mosaddegh. Under his reign Iran saw a progressive movement of social and political reforms. During this time Britain tried to establish an oil company (British Petroleum) on Iranian soil, and promised to share profit and technology with the Iranian government. However the British, as usual, didn’t honor their agreement. They, and the United States, began to steal Iran’s oil. Prime Minister Mosaddegh would not stand for this and demanded the seizure of the oil fields and the ouster of the British. In response, the British and the United States overthrew him in a coup and installed the Shah who was a brutal tyrant and ruled the nation under an absolute monarchy. The women in this picture did live well, but that was because they were members of a very small minority and in the Shah’s social circle. Everyone else in Iran lived under harsh conditions. The economy was failing, education was abysmal, and the entire nation was rural and very religious.
Today, Iran’s health care is better. They have more political freedom. Education is improving, and the country is slowly globalizing. The economy is slightly better off, however that is quickly changing with the Western world’s sanctions against Iran in midst of their nuclear propaganda campaign at the behest of Israel.
What does this mean? Essentially, the Islamic Revolution had little to do with the rise of an Islamic state; rather the resistance of Western imperialism. Almost every social and political group was united in resisting the Shah, from the communists to the secularists to the Islamists. They demanded Iranian sovereignty and political freedoms. Is the current regime in Iran perfect? Absolutely not, and I’m passionately against it. But this picture is extremely distortive of the truth.
Unfortunately, we have gone full circle. Today, the United States is supporting terrorist cells in Iran in an attempt to oust the current Iranian regime. They want to establish another pro-Western government like the Shah and “try again” where they failed. They have been doing this for decades and it hasn’t been working well. That is why we are now seeing media hysteria against Iran, and their false quest to achieve nuclear power and bomb Israel. Iran is a peaceful nation, and always has been. They have never attacked another nation, and have absolutely no intention of attacking Israel or anyone else for that matter. The United States’ war against Iran is rooted solely to seek revenge for their failed foreign policy in the 70’s and to once again take control of their natural resources.
In conclusion, if you think you can understand decades of history in the Middle East, or anywhere for that matter, by looking at a photograph you are a fucking idiot who has no right to engage in intellectual discussion or give your opinion on anything other than what you watched on TLC last night.
Also, if you measure progress and “development” in units of “Women in Western Clothing/sq. mile” you’re a fucking imperialist prick and can get the fuck out.
She’s up all night to watch star trek
I’m up all night to watch star trek
We’re up all night to watch star trek
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.
True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women.
And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.”
My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part."
what if william shatner starts every tumblr post with “captain’s blog:”
look how silly this is! oh my god? you have to like do— oh. oh, oooh. oh. oh, oh, oooh. ooooooooOOOOO. ooooka— arin, don’t leave..! arin doNT— aaaaAAARIIIIInnn, I LOVE OYOOOOOO— NO, IM FUCKIGN DONE!!!! IM F UCKING DONE!! no youre not! THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!! im gonn a c— THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT!!! wh i cant— i C ANT C GET OFF!! WHAT IS TH IS ?!?!??!??I CA NT GET OFF!!!! WH AT IS THIS??!????? IM STUCK!! WHAT IS M Y LIFE?? ahhAaAHHA— I CAN T DO IT , JOn>. I CANT EeE— I CANT FUCKIGN D O IT., I TELL YOU W H AT ARIN, YOU CAN G I VE UP NOW, OR YOU CAN sEE IT OUt, BECAUSE I CERTIANLY CANT DO IT WITHOUT YOU, AND I KNOW YOU CANT DO IT WITHOTU ME .i appreciate it, BUT LOOK AT WH AT WE’RE DEALING WITH MAN!!!ahha„ ARin-YOU GOTTA DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE!! YOU GOTTA DRAW THE F UCKING LINE IN THE SAND, DUDE., WE GOTTA MAKE A STATEMENT. YOU GOOTA LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF A ND SAY,WWHAT AM I WILLING TO PUT UP WITH TODAY?? NOT FUCKING TH IS!!!!!! AaaaAAAA IM S U P ERMAN I BELIEVE I CAN FLY!!!! I BE LE ei eve, arin that was a beautiful little moment we just had. i think a both of us got a little heated? —a aaahh…— and we should apologize to each other. its because we’re in a lava stage, dude. —yUO JUST COME BA CK ALL CALM ‘its because we’re in a lava stage, dude.’ that was beautiful, arin, that was like poetry.
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