Saturday, May 20, 2006
The Fourth Reich (Pt. 2)
So the New York Post stole my post title from yesterday to use on their front page; that's cool, though...as far as events unfolding in the Fourth Reich, Amir Tahari fills us in on the particulars of the sickness that prevades the current Iranian regime:
The law...envisages separate dress codes for religious minorities, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who will have to adopt distinct color schemes to make them identifiable in public. The new codes would enable Muslims to instantly recognize non-Muslims so that they can avoid shaking hands with them by mistake, and thus becoming najis" (unclean).
The new law, drafted during the presidency of Muhammad Khatami in 2004, had been blocked within the Majlis. That blockage, however, has been removed under pressure from Khatami's successor, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
One aim of the new law is to impose a total ban on imports of clothes and dress designs from the West. The Majlis hopes that all jeans will disappear form the Iranian scene within five years. The boutiques selling haute couture Western gear for men and women will also be closed over the next few years. A total ban on designer items, marked by logos, will come into force by the end of the year.
'There is no sense in a Muslim man or woman wearing something that is, in fact, an advertisement for an infidel designer or clothing merchant," says Pourhardani [Mostafa Pourhardani, minister of Islamic orientation - ed.].
Another aim of the new law is to abolish the chador, the overall piece of cloth that Iranian women have tucked themselves in for centuries. The reason is that the chador existed before the Khomeinist revolution and thus cannot be regarded as "properly Islamic." Women must wear clothes that would, in fact, transform them into advertising billboards for the regime's ideology.
What is already labeled "the Islamic clothes revolution" will not be limited to Iran. Tehran has already sent a team to Lebanon to inform the Hezbollah of the new law and train cadres to impose it on Lebanese Shiites.
"Our aim is to make sure that every Muslim, wherever he or she happens to be on this earth, is a living and walking symbol of Islam," says Pourhardani.
And what do the sophisticated Europeans propose in the face of a danger that almost swallowed them whole a mere half-century ago? Why, they wish to feed and protect the beast, just as they did in 1939 - you know, like it may somehow be different this time:
The European Union and Washington are split over an EU proposal to offer Iran a generous package of incentives including nuclear reactors and security pledges if it stops enriching uranium, diplomats said on Saturday.
"We agreed to offer Iran a nuclear power plant and possibly more along with support for an international (nuclear) fuel consortium to guarantee fuel for civilian nuclear activity," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
And if they continue to build nuclear weapons?
The EU proposal also includes warnings about possible sanctions if, as the EU and Washington expect, Iran rejected the offer and continued enriching uranium at its Natanz plant.
Possible sanctions include visa bans for high-ranking Iranian officials and their families, freezing assets of Iranian individuals and companies and trade sanctions.
Scary! Of course, these sanctions are only "possible", not "probable".
The draft also offers Iran a kind of security guarantee, saying the EU would work toward "recognition of territorial integrity" of Middle Eastern countries, an EU diplomat said.
"Territorial integrity" is a code phrase for "We will not allow the United States any justification to act against any Middle Eastern regime that threatens its security"
In other words, "Terrorize to your hearts content - we'll have a treaty saying no one can stop you!"
And if you guys break your end of the treaty, and build those nukes, well, you won't be allowed to visit Europe anymore - well, maybe....
God forbid any sane American elected official (or Foggy Bottom diplomat) endorse this Western suicide pact.
Interesting to note that very little reaction has been heard from Europe regarding the proposed branding of Iranian Jews...could it be that they wish they could get away with it themselves?