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Change dictates the killing of a father!

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Submitted by Salah Ali (Norway), Jun 24, 2009 at 03:50

Comparison with Turkey is useful. Has islam in Turkey been drastically and negatively affected since the establishment of modern Turkey in 1923. Every nation has a cultural and religious identity. In Islam both culture and religion are interlaced. In Iran, Islam is a way of life and what happened threatens family consistency and the ethical foundation Islamic societies are built on. Most of the demonstraters were young people lacking experience and are dazzed by Western forms which run counter to Islamic teachings. For instance, wearing jeans and T-shirts with English words on them.

The girl killed or stampeded in the demonstration was wearing jeans. This contrasts the Moslem dress and shows a split between two generations. But introducing another identity threatens the continuity of cultural traditions and the social classes..The whole social system and shifts political priorities. Hezbollah in Lebanon will be negatively affected. So small things can be dangerous indeed.

Secularism has failed in Turkey because it has created anomie and loss of cultural identity. It is impossible to bring back enlightened nations to paganism after they had embraced the light of Islam. But I believe, it is not Islam that antagonized the West towards Iran..for Islam exists in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc but it is the growing power of Iran and its declared animosity to Israeli expansionism, Ahmadi Najad denial of a holocaust which even Western thinkers as the Vatican priest denied. Illusions are not history, and I believe too that the demonstrations were indirectly feuled by Western media, by the internet, by the many satellite Tv channels based in the USA and these media indoctrinate the young Iranians Western ways of life: dancing, drinking and the like in Persian.

Young people can be easily infuenced and may feel well but cannot think as well when it comes to basic cultural and vital interests of the Nation. Any big change, however, necessitates the killing of a father, I think this won't happen in Iran..West failure in Iraq and Afghanistan is a good lesson for the Iranian hardliners to do otherwise, victimize the son for the wellbeing, stability and continuity of the father..And, indeed, I like the figure of the very young Khomeini rising out from the clashing waves of history.. Can't you see how Islam is supported so effectively by non-Arabs?

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