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Thursday, April 13, 2006

If We Are Not Exploiting These, Why Not?

Destroying Iran from inside is far superior to any other alternative, particularly nuclear war. This article is another in A LONG STRING of articles pointing to severe instability in Iran, just waiting to be exploited.

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2006, 07:31 PM, Postcard from Iran

Wave of Strikes Shakes Tehran

...[T]he Iranian government also has an internal crisis on its hands. The country's high level of poverty has triggered a series of intense social struggles.

Increasing dissatisfaction about economic conditions in Iran is placing additional pressure on the regime in Tehran. Despite a ban on strikes in the country, the number of workers protesting poor conditions is increasing across Iran.

Angered by unpaid salaries and generally low wages, workers in the northern Iranian provincial capital Rasht blocked streets and protested in front of government offices a fortnight ago brandishing banners that read: "We are hungry!" It wasn't the first time that thousands of employees at the country's largest state-owned textile factory had laid down their tools. But this time they were joined by dam workers in the western province of Elam and employees of a pharmaceutical factory in Tehran.

Recently, workers have also gone on strike against harsh work conditions and impending layoffs in mines and petrochemical plants across the country, with hundreds of coal miners from the northern province of Gilan protesting the fact that they have not been paid for 13 months. Workers were also on strike in the car factories of the Iran-Khodro company, already the site of a massive work stoppage on last year's Day of Social Welfare and Securities (July 16), when strikers demanded the introduction of a minimum wage.

...[M]ore than 50 percent of the Iranian population continues to live under the poverty line, according to official estimates provided by the Iranian Central Bank.

The current strike wave was initiated by Tehran bus drivers in January, and it immediately provoked a harsh response from the government. Several hundred bus drivers were arrested within a few hours of the beginning of the strike. The strike's leaders -- Mansur Hayat-Gheibi and Mansoor Ossanlou -- have been held ever since in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for, among other reasons, violating the national ban on unions by creating the "Wahed" organization of bus drivers. Hayat-Gheibi went on a hunger strike two weeks ago that is now being closely watched throughout Iran.

Although I have little confidence in the Bushies any longer, it may be possible that the USA is exploiting these and fomenting revolution in Iran. Had the Bushies any recognition of the value of ideas in the war with Islam, I could sit back somewhat satisfied that highly classified work is going on in Iran right now.


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