Why the West will commit economic suicide, but not stand up for Iranian Greens
Recently, I suggested that Barack Obama should give his Nobel Peace medal to the Muslim, Iranian woman whose government had stolen hers.
He of course did nothing of the kind. But as Carolyn Glick points out, he did worse:
As he received his Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, Obama did not protest the mullocracy’s repression of its people. He did not offer to give his prize to fellow peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. The Iranian human rights activist’s prize was confiscated by regime goons last month.
No Hollywood directors have announced plans to produce a feature film about the Iranian anti-regime protesters. No college students have marched on Washington or Brussels to demonstrate their solidarity with Iranian university students who are being arrested by the thousands and killed by the hundreds by the regime for their crime of demanding freedom.
ON THE face of it, the international community’s willingness to commit economic suicide to solve a problem that is probably not that serious and may not even be a problem on the one hand, and its unwillingness to take even the most symbolic action to help others solve a problem that is both real and urgent, makes no sense.
In accepting the Prize, he and the rest of Western Civilisation ignored the Iranian dissidents altogether.
The only kind of Green movement which the West can get behind is an alleged Global Warming one.
In this week’s jpost.com, Glick has an explanation of why:
…the beauty of global warming hysteria is that it is a Western affair. No one expects non-Westerners to do anything. Africans don’t have to quit hunting elephants. Arabs don’t have to quit drilling oil. Only Americans and Europeans have to change their way of life. For Western narcissists who believe that the world revolves around them, global warming is a comforting creed.
Just as Palestinianism, as a quasi-religion, has its original sin – the creation of Israel – and its heretics – the neoconservative warmongers who point out the inconvenient reality of Arab intransigence and fanaticism – so climate change activists have their own pseudo-religious practices and rituals. Their original sin is industrialization. Their fiery prophets threaten them with hellfire and eternal damnation if they do not repent and change their ways. And they have their mortal foes. They are the heretics, the non-believers, the doubters who point out that over the past decade global temperatures have declined and that scientific facts are not determined by majority vote.
This returns us to the green protesters in Iran. These courageous freedom fighters have the unfortunate distinction of fighting a regime the Western narcissists would like to like. After all, the mullahs share their hatred for Israel and the West.
Much to the narcissists’ dismay, the Iranian green activists are forcing them to recognize the inconvenient truth that not all bad things in the world are the product of Israeli aggression or Western imperialism or the industrial revolution. Indeed if anyone were to notice them, the Iranian democrats would provoke a crisis of faith among the Western narcissists.
So they are ignored. Western celebrity leaders and their followers say nothing as Iranian students demanding freedom are shot and killed on YouTube. They do nothing but posture as the regime builds atomic bombs and tests medium range ballistic missiles. They do nothing but preen as the regime transfers 500kg warheads and guided missiles to Hizbullah and deploys terror agents throughout Europe and Latin America.
It is an Era of Narcissim, she posits. And the Narcissist in Chief just received its Gold Medal.
Western celebrity leaders and their followers say nothing as Iranian students demanding freedom are shot and killed on YouTube. They do nothing but posture as the regime builds atomic bombs and tests medium range ballistic missiles. They do nothing but preen as the regime transfers 500kg warheads and guided missiles to Hizbullah and deploys terror agents throughout Europe and Latin America.
Many have claimed that jihadists like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who seek to destroy Western civilization in the name of Islam are madmen. So what do we call Westerners who won’t lift a finger against him but voluntarily embrace the destruction of their own way of life to avert what may very well be an imaginary crisis?
Perhaps this is not the Era of the Narcissistic Catechism. Perhaps this is simply the Era of Madness.
and here http://www.carolineglick.com/e/