Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wael Ghonim's Message of Solidarity for Iran's Green Movement

With this one message of solidarity by Wael Ghonim, all efforts by the Islamic Republic regime, Press TV, Stop the War Coalition etc. who were trying to get a free ride on the back of the Egyptian protesters fighting for democracy in Egypt has been wasted.
With this one message of solidarity, an enormous moral boost has been given to the people of Iran and the Green Movement. Solidarity is important and solidarity works. Just hope the UK trade unions will now see the light and express solidarity with the jailed transport union leaders in Iran and remove the latest Press TV posters from London underground and buses.

Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist hailed by observers worldwide as a hero and one of the leaders of the Egyptian uprising, appeared with a green wristband during his public speeches and interviews. As the peaceful protests after the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran were named the “Green Movement,” Ghonim’s green wristband has become a source of interest for Iranians.
Ghonim played a major role in organizing the protests that have shaken Egypt for the past two weeks. His Facebook page is widely credited with inviting Egyptians to their first public protest on 25 January. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Ghonim thanked the people of Iran for organizing a demonstration on 14 February, in solidarity with the people of Egypt and Tunisia, and thanked the Iranian civil rights movement.
Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who took time off from his job to be in Cairo during the protests, was freed last Monday after being held by Egyptian authorities for 10 days. He is one of the best known speakers for the Egyptian people’s movement.
When asked by the Campaign whether the motivation behind his green wristband is Iran’s Green Movement, he said: “That was just a coincidence, but I’m happy you guys made the connection!”
“I would tell Iranians to learn from the Egyptians, and we have learned from you guys that at the end of the day with the power of people, we can do  whatever we want to do.  If we unite our goals, if we believe, then all our dreams can come true,” is the prominent Egyptian activist’s message to Iranians on the threshold of the 14 February demonstrations.


Waybec said...

Well let's hope the dominoes continue to fall and remove ALL tyrants! It is indeed a higher ethical imperitive which are currently motivating the current wave of protesters. Not religion. Not some idealogy. Not some political view. It is purely the call of the youth striving for a proper democracy and justice free from corrupt despotic oppression. Yes, the U.S. must learn to start practising what it's constitution preaches. It's no good being a cowboy with a calalier attitude anymore. Securing short term selfish greed by sowing the future wars and conflicts. Israeli policy has also tragically risen from the Nazi holocaust to be become Zionist xenophopes, which do no favours to the region at all except constantly anger it. Their shadey and sinister lobbyists shouldn't have any say in dictating and effectively gagging Western democracy! Likewise, Hezbolluh acting like spiteful brat children destroyed the government in Lebanon simply to stop some of it's murdering members being indicted! And then of course we come to good ol' Khamenei - who finally made that fatal mistake of cheating Iranians in 2009 just to keep his obscene wealth, power and gunning running hatred going against those who threaten him! The fact is, I'm just a simple average Joe. But if I can see it, then millions of others out there can see it too! It's only those with too much power. Too much money. And too much arrogant ego who try to spin things in the hope that we're all blind! Well, through the people power of cyberspace, it looks as though those who try patronize us with their twisted pride and blinkered power are fast becoming the dinosaurs! And so I don't think it'll be long now before the Devil's alliance of Khamanei's and Ahmadinejad's Gestapo party will soon be extinct as well! Non-violent protest on mass is all that it takes. Remember, NON-VIOLENT! Don't give the thugs the excuse to make it a bloody valentine. So good luck and success to all those who come out with the courage to stand up for those higher set of ethical imperitives. And finally be free of the cancerous black that overshadows you. AZADI IRANI!

Jared Israel said...

In December 2008, the Bush (i.e., so-called 'neocon') State Department set up a group called "Alliance of Youth Movements" to facilitate State Department guidance of US-groomed so-called democracy groups. Here’s a pdf announcing the meeting and giving some info about who would attend:

(There was nobody there from Iran or Syria apparently, countries whose regimes the U.S. was trying to empower, not harass. Given what happened in 2009 in Iran, I imagine Iranian groups are now necessarily included, in order to influence the politics of the Iranian movement.)

Such groups are very useful for presenting a false face of spontaneous youth to externally manipulated subversion, a traditional imperialist tactic.

One of the main organizations that the State Department invited: Google. Most disturbing given Google's importance in the flow of information.

According to Wikileaks, at least one leader of Egypt's Facebook 'revolutionaries' attended, and was then taken around to meet with US Congressmen and intelligence people.

Although Bush organized the meeting, several leading Obama people were invited -- another indication that the supposed split between neocon and liberal US leaders is circus to give the masses someone to cheer for (and to promote antisemitism, since neocon is a code word for Jews). But deep foreign policy differences? Not likely.

This Google guy is not giving honest support to the Iranian democracy movement. He is:

A) trying to lessen the body blow Khamenei delivered when he praised the so-called protesters as heralding the Islamic age and, he implied, being directly linked to the IRI, a statement which made it harder for Obama to pressure Mubarak (an effect that lasted a few days) and which horrified most Egyptians (an effect not eliminated by the Muslim Brotherhood's necessary disavowal of their intimate ally, Khamenei.)

B) And he is trying to get naïve Iranians and Westerners to support the Egyptian protesters, and assist those who want to promote such support. In fact, the so-called protesters – who have burned down many government buildings and busted thousands of dangerous criminals including terrorists from jail, in what can only be described as military actions – are dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, vastly empowered by the ultimatum-level pressure coming from conservative (e.g., UK) and liberal (e.g., US) Western government leaders, not to mention what Western military and intelligence people are doing behind the scenes.

The crucial thing for the IRI is *NOT* that the Iranian protest movement be destroyed.

Destroying the protest movement is a practical impossibility short of genocide. Rather, what is crucial is that Iranians be gotten to view so-called "good" Islamism as their ally and political goal. And that alas is what the West is pushing among Iranians, and worldwide as well.

Hence all this baloney about a selfless Google executive heroically mobilizing a revolution out of the Internet. Sure he did, and I have a bridge you might want to buy in Brooklyn. Exquisitely complements any democratic decor.

Jared Israel
Emperor's Clothes