Friday, March 30, 2007

WEAC – Iranian Style

Kenneth Timmerman writing for Front Page Magazine is convinced Iran is deliberately trying to provoke a military confrontation with the west.

The Next War? One week before the kidnapping of the British hostages, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards weekly newspaper, Sobh-e Sadeq, published these incendiary remarks from Reza Fakr, a writer said to have close links to Ahmadinejad: “We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks. Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”

The only bottom line that counts for them is the perpetuation of their regime. They believe that by attacking Britain and America they can rally their supporters, rally the faithful beyond Iran. … But what’s clear is this: Ahmadinejad and his faction want war. They believe that war with the West is their ticket to victory.

The timing of this most recent provocation is still being debated but Arab online daily Asharq Alawsat draws attention to the fact that the Mullahs are having real problems with a large group of government workers.

Outbreak of Teachers’ Demonstrations in Iran: Aside from the issues relating to workers, students and women, the most important issue last month has been the demonstrations staged by members of the Teachers’ Guild Association [Kanun-i senfi-yi moalleman] across the country. … Their foremost demand is that the teachers’ salaries must be adjusted to equal that of other public-sector employees, furthermore adding that if the government’s low budget is the reason behind this inequality then it should look into allocating what is expended in other fields to be granted for teachers’ necessities.

From an Islamic standpoint, teachers are esteemed as highly as prophets, it is a travesty that they suffer such difficult circumstances where they are pushed to protest in the streets in an attempt to solve their financial problems. Such is the situation in Iran while in other countries teaching is among the highest-earning jobs.

Yes … even in Iran the teachers consider themselves underpaid and are demanding government spending be shifted from other programs in order to reestablish teaching as a high income occupation. I wonder if the theocrats believe Allah will save them from advanced western weaponry - but worry the Almighty actually is on the side of organized education workers.