The German goverment & the legacy of Jimmy Carter

Dear ladies & fellas

Marx is often quoted with the following sentence: „History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.“ It seems, that the antisemitic hipster has a point in the following case, because otherwise I can not explain how and why the German goverment bows down in front of a tin-pot dictator.

In my humble opinion the German goverment repeats all the mistakes, that the American goverment under Jimmy Carter commited, while facing rabid Ayatollahs in Tehran. Currently the Turkish goverment holds several German citizens as hostages, among those hostages are a some with a dual Turkish-German citizenship. But last week the Turkish goverment took the cake and „arrested“ a German Amnesty International-employee, who was on a workshop on IT-security in Istanbul & has otherwise no ties to the Turkish Republic. What was the answer of the German goverment to this aggresion?!? Nothing, besides issueing a travel-warning for the (Islamic) Turkish Repulic…

My favourite contemporary Jewish sage, the Canadian rapper „Drake“, once said: „When all is said and done, more is always said than done.“ That`s the way the current German goverment acts: It is all talk, but no  actions. Last week the German ministry of foreign affairs held a press conference, where the talked about possible sanctions against the (Islamic) Republic of Turkey, but no actual sanctions were imposed. Said press conernce was held AFTER Peter Steudtner, the German AI-employee, was „arrested“. Dear folks, I am really concerned if a goverment like the German one, can`t handle tin-pot dictators and Islamists 38 years after the Islamic Revolution. Dialogue is here for goverments, who don`t take hostages, not for jihadi-ridden goverments. Not much since the Islamic Revolution in Iran has changed. Both Khomeini & Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the very same civil rights & -liberties, to rise to power & later abolished those very same liberties. Both, Khomeini and RTE, relied on help from Western countries when secularists forced them into an exile (Khomeini) and into a prison for incitement (RTE). Both, the current Iranian goverment and the current Turkish goverment only understand one language and this language is not Turkish, Persian, Arabic or Kurdish, it`s the language of the heavy hand. Force is the only way of communication, that is understood in these circles. If you are uncertain about my claim: Just look at Israel and the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: RTE and his AKP-goverment, as well as the Regime in Tehran hate Israel & Bibi, but they fear Bibi, because they know that they will die as Köfte/Kubideh if they raise an arm in an open battle against Israel. Because the Israeli goverment usually does what it says & is, unlike the German goverment, not here for impotent threats.

Needed: A Leader (English)

Dear ladies & fellas,

during the last weeks I occasionally asked my Iranian/ Persian friends, who they really would like to have as president of Iran. The answers were quite shocking. Some of my friends did not know anybody, who could, in their opinion, be a suitable leader for the nation of Iran. Some suggested ridiculous people, who are, at least in my book, not fit for such a position. Among the suggested people were Kamran Atabaki, a comedian & TV-host from Los Angeles, the singer Googoosh &, no joke, one of my friends even suggested the current Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, as new president of Iran. My friend suggested Bibi, because he likes „his voice & attitude towards the arabs“.

Ladies & gentlemen, although those suggestions seem quite funny at first, they are actually shocking. These suggestions draw attention to one of the main issues, that the Iranian democratic opposition faces today: The lack of a real leader, who is willing & capable to challenge the regime of the Islamic Republic. With those ridiculous suggestions for a leader for the Nation of Iran, I also received a ton of cheap excuses, why the Iranian democratic opposition does not have such a human being so far. With the greatest of respect, this is a disgrace for a great Nation like Iran, when even the poor, tiny Georgia had, during the „Rose Revolution“, a couple of great personalities to choose from. Among those personalities were Giga Bokeria, Nino Burjanadze & of course, Mikheil Saakashvili himself. So what the iranian opposition needs to do, at least, in my book, is to get together & search for the best fitting candidate. Such a champion could inspire with his/ her words & actions the people of & in Iran & therefore, become a real challenge for the Regime. Because among the MENA-countries Iran has the best chances to become a democracy with a state of law & civil rights for ethnic- & sexual minorities, mainly because of the already existing & decent civil society. What Iran does not have, as mentioned above, is the real challenger for the regime.

Yes, I know, the regime of the Islamic Republic is inhuman, suicidal & dangerous & the regimes profits tremendously from the fact that most Iranian oppostion members are pretty secular & therefore have no intentions to die as „martyrs“. But this does not change the fact, that Iran needs capable oppostion members for a regime change. To all those folks, who are still stunned: Think about the words of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, which he said on the „Maidan“: „They can not kill all of us.“