Opium and Saffron has a very important message for Americans in favor of war with Iran. He would like to tell them
-That Ahmadinejad for all of his rhetoric only represents one of many circles of power in Iran – he does not have the same power as an American president and is not the one who makes the final decisions.
-That the Iranian leadership is not insane. It is made up of fat, rich, comfortable akhunds who don’t have a messianic death wish. They want to retain their power at any cost, not bring bombs down on their heads. They may not want to be America’s friends, but that doesn’t mean they won’t curb their more radical tendencies as long as any reasonable offers take into account their own desire for self-preservation and regional influence. (This might also require the U.S. to curb its own radical tendencies).
-That Iran is not the bleak, repressive society of Saddam’s Iraq, Khadafi’s Libya or Kim Jong-il’s North Korea. There is more political freedom in Iran than there is in Saudia Arabia, Egypt and other American allies in the Middle East. It is far from a perfect society but it is dynamic and changing.
The Persian/Iranian community in diaspora must echo this message all over the world, before Right Wing insanity drags people into misery again.