Cyrus Safdari on Iran Air Flight 655 and US Hypocrisy

http://www.iranaffairs.com/

Some of Cyrus’ quotes from interview below.

Not only does Cyrus have a cool name, he seems like a reasonable individual. Unlike most Bush supporters, I believe words and ideas and how they are expressed actually say something about the individual uttering them.

I also tend to not go for the glitz and gloss that you find masquerading as sincerity and reasonable discourse in the Main Stream Media (MSM). They look great, talk great and have the world of technology at their polished fingertips yet the discourse and debate somehow go nowhere. Go figure.

Cyrus Safdari may not be the most polished person to speak on the Iranian situation, but as someone who speaks for his own culture and has been in Iran both before and after the 1979 Revolution, I respect his point of view much more than I would an overly-telegenetic ‘talking head.’

I honor the fact that Cyrus is able to speak in clear and sober terms to such a personally painful situation in this corporate and western dominated media. I listen with an open mind because mine is the paradigm which assumes that the closer you get to the heart of a story, the more truth you will find.

People may speak of RT, or Russian Television as a lesser or biased media but the facts speak for themselves. There are many arguments here depending on which paradigm you adhere too. As far as the MSM goes, the paradigm is pretty one-sided. A corporate agenda where the views and the needs of the majority of people no matter what their culture, are subjugated to the will of the corporate/government infrastructure. Follow the money honey.

Collectivism, the idea that we should use our government as a tool for the management of our natural and cultural resources is portrayed in the media as “communism” and linked to the downfall of man. While unregulated capitalism is portrayed as a “savior” of our democracy and way of life. And they are laughing all the way to the bank…in the Cayman Islands, so they are laughing on a jet or yacht…just to rub it in I guess.

Just as African Americans never were or deserved to be viewed as 3/5ths human under the law, other cultures and civilizations are no less valuable than our own. We may prefer our own culture of course which is only natural, but to say that another country or people do not deserve to be treated with respect because we don’t understand them is immature and irresponsible.

My Gosh! How do we not realize the chain of struggles and events that women, children, immigrants and minorities have gone through in modern society and not see the links to how we view and treat people in foreign countries and civilizations today.

The painful truth is that we have more in common with the poor and middle class in other countries such as Iran than we do with the wealthy and upper classes in our own countries.

With our own country we share a common language and cultural identity with the wealthy but upon closer examination it turns out that we don’t have the same world view that the power hungry and market Mouseketeers do.

Real people don’t identify with Disneyland, they identify with a camaraderie that is borne of a shared fate. More like “The Three Musketeers” or “Robin Hood”, books and now movies that are reinvented and retold every generation because they resonate so strongly with our innate human needs and desires. It only feels like a Revolutionary desire because the powers that be are constantly fighting us for the ability to govern ourselves. So we feel like we are constantly at war in the political realm.

As it turns out the overwhelming majority of the worlds poor and middle class just want to work, raise families and try to live peaceful and relatively uneventful lives. I think it is called being happy. But as it turns out their is a small percentage of our humanity who’s main goal is to gain wealth and power at the expense of the health and well being of the rest of the population and the entire planet. They are willing to do whatever it takes, to take over every facet of our lives, to overwhelm the commons with their fear and loathing and sway public opinion against itself.

This is not class warfare, people have a right to be rich if they have earned it, but to then use that wealth and power to subdue and take away the rights that our forefathers and mothers struggled with and fought for their whole lives seems a bit extreme on their part. It should at least should be allowed to be discussed, don’t you think?

From the RT Utube channel:

“Iran Air Flight 655, also known as IR655, was a civilian airliner shot down by US missiles on Sunday 3 July 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz, toward the end of the Iran–Iraq War.The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2 operated by Iran Air as IR655, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to Dubai, UAE, when it was destroyed by the US. Is this an example of US policy hypocrisy towards Iran?”


Mr. Cyrus Safdar from the video:

“The Iranians are not silly or stupid, they are quite aware of the history of their country with respect to the US and so when the US tries to lecture Iran and the Iranians on Human Rights, Iranian actually wonder where this is coming from. Where was this concern for Human Rights when the US was backing Saddam (Hussein), or when they shot down IA Flight 655 or all of the other things that have happened between the two countries.”

“Everyday we are bombarded with the latest Iran news, however this news is never put in any kind of context which would allow it to be understood. Instead it’s constant fear mongering.”

“The US and Western medias are so dominant that it is hard to get independent voices heard.”

“Anyone who goes on the internet right now can see videos of Donald Rumsfeld the former Secretary of State shaking hands with Saddam Hussein at a time when SH was gassing the Kurds and the US tried to shift blame for that onto the Iranians.”

“We can talk about their (Iran’s) nuclear program which started with the assistance of the US and suddenly now the US is telling Iran that it has to give up it’s rights under the non-proliferation treaty”

“However the US is closely allied with countries who have nuclear weapons and have refused to sign the same treaty.”

“What we have here (in Iran) is a third world country that dare to rise up and overthrow a US backed dictatorship. If Iran can do than so can people in Saudi Arabia, so can people in other countries in which the US is closely allied with their ruling governments, and this presents a threat to others in the region as well.’

The original by the great Leon Russel

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lizz
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 16:17:07

    Actually I think Cyrus is very photogenic. Look at that boxer’s chin, those thick lips, those large, sad eyes. He looks not only very sincere but also very intelligent, which is quite sexy. Men don’t understand what women see in a man’s appearances.

    Reply

    • jasondylan
      Aug 05, 2010 @ 10:34:50

      I totally understand your infatuation with Cyrus. He is very cute but when I wrote, “while he may not be the most photogenic”, I was just trying to contrast his appearance and demeanor with the “glitz and glamor” of the regular players in this realm. Upon further consideration, perhaps I should have gone into more detail using words such as, “while not the most photogenic, he is adored by many females and perhaps gay males for his virileness and charisma. If he chose to he could strut his stuff for the camera, but he remains low key. He knows that he has to downplay his sexiness for his message to get across, but his adoring fans know that if he were to turn on his charm, the pixels on our Plasma HDTVs would vibrate in an uncontrollable fashion.”

      Let me know what you think.

      Reply

  2. lizz
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 12:08:57

    And the fact that I’m Cy’s girlfriend has nothing to do with anything.

    Reply

  3. jasondylan
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 12:19:41

    Oh Come on!

    You must mean, “one of his mistresses.”

    Guys like that are too much for one woman to handle.

    Reply

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