Pouncer saidI believe Iran should be boycotted at any cost. It would be ridiculous to allow a foul little government like the one in Tehran to have a pathetic little UN platform to complain about "racism", especially when they have imposed every kind of hateful discrimination and religious backwardness on their own people for 30 years.
Since Iran was taken over by a senile theocrat by the name of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, the once great country that used to rule over a vast Persian empire has gradually lost its pulse. The Mullahs have sunk the country in bankruptcy and beggary, its economy has flat-lined, its leading intellectuals and scientists are in exile, its young people are mostly half-educated and unemployed, and its women are mostly just used as chattel and sexual prey. After a quarter of a century of theocracy, its chief exports today are exactly what they were when the Mullahs took over - pistachio nuts and rugs.
Is ignorance bliss?
I was wondering, because you seem to assume that before the Ayatollah's, there was some sort of "good" governance system in Iran.
The Shah was a brutal despot and tyrant, responsible for the disappearance of over 200,000 Iranians under a repressive dictatorship. But he was a good little puppet of the US - so don't criticize him.
Iranians have a more democratic system today than they did under the Shah's 26 year rule.
Prior to that, Iran actually HAD a democratic system. And had elected Prime Minister Mossadeq in 1953, who planned on nationalizing Iran's oil industry, taking the monopoly away from British Petroleum (BP).
So what happened?
The British MI6, working with the CIA, overthrew the democratically elected government of Mossadeq, orchestrated terror attacks and campaigns blaming the Prime Minister, leading to his removal and installment of the good little puppet, the Shah.
I am not saying the current theocratic state of Iran is ideal, not by any means. I tend to dislike its political leaders and system, but thinking that they had some GREAT system prior seems to me, to be a pseudo-racist, if not Eurocentric and Orientalist method of thinking - "it was good because it was good for us (the US)".
And sorry, but you also show a vague, at best, understanding of Iranian society today. Again, I am not saying it is a great society, but look at photos of Tehran, it is hardly a "backwards" society - it is highly industrialized and developed, and is by no means "bankrupt".
Watch your sources. When it comes to Iran - basically discount anything that the media blabs on about - they want the destruction of Iran because the media conglomerates work for the Military Industrial Complex and the international banking fraternity that controls it.
Even alluding to a nation in a different part of the world as "backwards" is an inherently neo-imperial and Orientalist assumption, viewing that part of the world as "the Other" and the antithesis of western, "developed", industrialized, "democratic civilization."
And as for the conference on racism, while Iran uses rhetoric that can be anti-semetic, it is important to look at the bigger picture.
The west, particularly the US, is no bastion of religious or racial tolerance. It's the same BS as saying that the Iraq war was about "spreading democracy and freedom". Rhetoric is used by politicians to conceal reality and political agendas.
The conference is being boycotted because criticism of Israel is not permitted. Israel, which violates human rights on a daily basis, commits a policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and as a state, represents many similarities in its relations with the Palestinians that the Nazi state held towards Jews. Gaza is literally a ghetto enclosed behind a massive wall (built with funding by the World Bank).
History will show no sympathy to the passivity and apathy of the nations of the world in turning a blind eye to Israel's actions.
However, when the US empire collapses (which is set to happen within the next decade or two), international support for Israel will collapse too, and then it doesnt have a friend in the world. Which is a sad fact for the ISraeli citizens.
Again, I want to clarify the difference between opposing the Israeli GOVERNMENT and the Israeli people - one does not imply the other.
For example, i am a staunch opponent of the American empire and all its adherent and political puppets (including Obama - sorry, if you were expecting change, but dont hold your breath), yet, I have great respect for many Americans I have come across, and consider many (specifically through this website) to be friends.
ANyway, that's my two cents.