A World Citizen Views "Iran" From Outside
Saturday, June 20, 2009
How does a World Citizen view the present events in Iran?
Viewed from "above" the growing hostilities on the ground between citizens and government, one overall fact becomes apparent: the illusion of sovereign power held in the hands of a few men, the chief of whom, the unelected Ayatollah Ali Khamenei-claiming "divine" sanction-is being challenged by the innate democratic sovereign power of individual humans accidentally born on-or immigrated to-that particular part of the planetary surface.
Within this overall sub-set of humanity, the feminine humans provide the spiritual/biological, if socially unrecognized, power,-wives, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, etc. who still face civil/political domination by the hierarchical and patriarchal leaders, in the name of a former "revolution."
(This phenomenon of rising female power in politics throughout the world is an auspicious and dynamic harbinger of an enlightened era of human progress.)
Faced with the uprising of an outraged population claiming the recent presidential election fraudulent, the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, unwittingly exposed the weakness of one-man governorship by withholding pseudo-legal authority for public (and peaceful) demonstrations-the only alternative for a democratic show of indignation against injustice-followed by the arbitrary use of force against the still angry citizenry claiming that the "law" had been broken therefore the public itself was responsible for the ensuing bloodshed.
The dilemma of other nation-state leaders, such as President Obama, who publicly claimed to be a "citizen of the world" in his Berlin speech of July 24, 2008, lies in the duality itself of the present nation-state governing system. So long as a condition of anarchy persists in the so-called international domain-treaties and conventions to the contrary notwithstanding-all national leaders are caught in the paradox of being the executors of laws for their own citizenry, while obliged to identify all humans beyond their artificial frontiers as "aliens," and potential enemies. Thus leaders have to support their fellow national leaders over whom they have no legal control, or, as in the case of implied threats to the security of their own citizenry, risk war as in the present North Korean situation.
Moreover, since 1945, the advent of nuclear "weaponry" adds the final dimension to the overall risk factor being, for all practical purposes, equal for all.
The good citizens of Iran, rather than attempt public demonstrations against an internal and admittedly farcical presidential election given Iran's heavily-weighted constitution against democracy itself, should recognize their 21st century relationship with humanity itself and claim the higher level of world citizenship already sanctioned by articles 21(3) and 28 of the 61-year-old United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which, paradoxically, the Ayatollah Khamenei is already subject as the alleged leader of Iran, member-state of the UN: "The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.." and "Everyone is entitled to an international and social order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized." That claim can then be legally registered with the World Government of World Citizens. (See www.worldgovernment.org).
Moreover, in that Islam is a world religion transcending national frontiers, the extension of citizenship to the global level is in conformity with the universal spiritual precept-one God- taught by Mohammed as well as Jesus and Moses centuries ago.
Finally, to return to my first premise of being "outside" the entire nationalistic duality-I am stateless as is humanity itself-the self-evident fact that communication is global and instantaneous-now with Twitter, Facebook and You Tube adding to the media mix, and problems like global warming and nuclear holocaust facing humanity itself questioning our very human survival, today's events in "Iran" seem not only parochial but irrelevant to our major and common problems.
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