Azarmehr gives a good account of the fallacy of the main argument presented last night that Iran was the victim of the Unites States of America.
However, what was shocking was when Mehri argued that Iran is more about the 'people as a whole, and less about the different groups that "separate" the people in Iran, such as the human rights activists and those groups who struggle for the rights of women'. "Separate"? Perhaps in the sense that it serves to separate the victimised people from the guilty govenment. Iran has the second largest number of human rights violations next to China! The very essence of the tyranny experienced by the Iranian people is the gross violations of their fundamental rights to freedom from torture, arbitrary detention and the execution of minors! Sixteen year old Atefeh Rajabi Sahaaleh was hanged because a maried man, old enough to be her father, sexually abused her; she was charged with 'acts incompatible with chastity'. The very same government now intends to execute a girl for a crime that she allegedly committed as a minor; even though there is evidence to demonstrate she may be innocent, the Iranian judiciary have violated her internationally protected right to an appeal.
It is those very humman rights and womens' rights groups that illustrate who and what the Iranian people really are - exhausted, oppressed, abused and in need of their freedom. Mehri's comment served to downplay this terrible reality that plagues Iran today. Mehri argued that sanctions should not be made against Iran as it adversly affects the Iranian people; yet she is not concerned with the human rights activists who are trapped by the software sold to the IRI Government by Siemens and Nokia...She is not concerned with the adverse effects the lack of human rights activists and womens' rights campaigners would have on the Iranian people, because Iran is about the 'people as a whole', and not the [separated] human rights groups'. Poor choice of words, Ms Holliday, wouldn't you agree?
During the speeches made by the panelists, there was a slide-show of the Iranian mullahs and military bands drumming in a parade. Could this possibly be a 'calling card' of the IRI Government, who have assisted in the funding of CASMII?