Gone for a month! Viva Barcelona! Please vote wisely next month
October 21, 2010 15 Comments
I’ve tried to keep my distance from politics on Awesome DC, but my conscience prevents me from ignoring this untold story. Perhaps, if I didn’t have a personal connection to it, I wouldn’t bother with this blog post, which also involves US foreign policy and next month mid-term election. PLEASE vote wisely. We can’t afford having another Rumsfeld and Cheney.
Before I begin with the story, I want you to all know that I’ll be on the other side of the Atlantic starting this coming Monday till Nov 23rd. I’ll be visiting a few countries, as well as my hometown Shiraz, and my family. I will offer my condolences and respect to the family of a dear friend I recently lost, who is also part of the story, and will finally be chilling in Barcelona with some cool high school and army friends. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue with my blogging and will be working on our next venture, Awesomize.me, dependent of course on the type of internet access I’ll have in the VERY remote areas I will be staying at.
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The main reason behind my trip is that one of my dear friend back home in Tehran, Soroush, lost his battle with blood cancer less than two weeks ago.
Except for a handful of us, everyone else including my dearest and closest cousin, Asghar, in this photo is dead. I’ll be with the remaining handful next month in Barcelona drinking till dawn, I guess every night 🙂
I understand that many people get blood cancer, but the story behind his cancer is somewhat different. Back in 80’s, during the bloodiest war of the 20th century, Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against many Iranians (including most of those who you see in the picture). This is while the governments of the Western bloc, including the Brits, Germany, France, Russia, and our own USA administration (under US President Ronald Reagan), along with literally, all Arab Leaders, aided and supported Saddam wage war against Iran.
In the short old clip from the mid 80s below that was recently sent to me by a friend, you will see young Iranian civilians and soliders have been interviewed who were affected by these chemical weapons. It’s in Farsi, but I am sure you can guess what they are saying by watching the pictures. Our friend, Soroush is also shown in the video – the bearded guy in bed with with his eyes closed. The Farsi title you see at the beginning, means “The Remaining Breath” in Farsi:
When Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam shook hands in the early 80’s, Iran was winning the war. US Navy and Air force assisted Saddam by attacking Iranian ships in the Gulf, and then assisted Saddam by providing chemical weapons, which were used to murder many Iranians and Iraqi Kurds:
This is the same Donald Rumsfeld who was Defense Secretary during the US invasion of Iraq on March 21st 2003, a war both Iraqis and Americans have been loosing their lives in.
We have a mid term election coming up next month. Unfortunately, I will be missing it. I am not asking you to vote Republican or Democrat, just please vote for somebody who won’t end up becoming another Cheney or Rumsfeld. The world can’t afford it anymore.
The mess we are in today is the result of our flip flop foreign policy, that has been carried on for decades. We can’t expect our current president to fix our current mess over night. Give him time.
Here is one of the most accurate documentaries of that bloody War: