Tonight I happened to catch a couple of stories on ’60 Minutes.’ This one involved the story of Newsweek reporter, Maziar Bahari, arrested in June by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard amid the of the hoopla surrounding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “election.”
One thing Bahari said in the beginning of the interview had reminiscent echoes of a previous administration. Read it:
Bahari had no idea that he too would be vulnerable. He had been an accredited journalist in Iran for 12 years and was an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. His reputation: telling both sides of the story.
“They certainly knew that you were a fair journalist writing fair and balanced reports,” Simon remarked.
“Yes, but they don’t like fairness,” Bahari said. “You have to be either with them or against them. You cannot see shades of gray. You have to see the world in black and white.”
Geez, that sounds fucking familiar doesn’t it? Hmmm – I wonder who would have the freakin’ nerve to say something akin.
Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
How interesting that totalitarian thinkers, ……. so think alike.
IRGC intel is now responsible for Iran’s internal security, which means that its rampaging paranoias have suffused the regime. There remain players within the system who can make rational decisions about Iran’s international interests; if there weren’t, I would still be in jail. But the Guards are exacerbating the Islamic Republic’s worst instincts, its insecurity and deep suspiciousness. As world powers try to engage Tehran to mitigate the threat of its nuclear program, it’s critical that they understand this mindset and the role the IRGC now plays within the Iranian system. I learned all too much about both while in the Guards’ hands.
This is to recall what originally led us to where we are today, in case we need our memories refreshed.