German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder desperately tries to energize his doomed re-election campaign by "warning" against military "adventures" of the U.S. government in the nuclear conflict with Iran. Only with peaceful means, according to Schroeder, can the Iranian government be convinced not to develop nuclear weapons. Of course, no one in German politics or in the German media would dare to oppose Schroeder's anti-war rethoric.
Not much is heard, though, from Gerhard Schroeder and the German media about some not so peaceful activities of the Iranian government. The Iranian democratic opposition sure would appreciate some help...
On behalf of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Iran (DPKI) for diplomatic relations in Germany, Austria and the European parliament to the representatives of the German mass media:
My dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
... This past month the Kurdish population took to the streets of Iranian Kurdistan’s cities to voice their demand for freedom and democratic rights and to protest the Islamic Republic’s repressive policies in Kurdistan. All month the Iranian regime’s revolutionary guards (Pasdaran) have been attacking Kurdish demonstrators. As a result dozens of people have been killed, hundreds seriously injured, and some 1000 Kurdish women have been arrested.
The arrested demonstrators have been subjected to unbearable torture. People don't dare bring their wounded relatives to the hospitals for fear of being abducted by the organs of repression and tortured to death. And for a month the world, including the media, has looked on and done nothing as people in Iranian Kurdistan were brutally beaten, shot, and tortured to death in prison. Europe’s governments turn a blind eye to the systematic human rights violations and constant murders in Kurdistan to justify and sustain their economic ties to the Iranian terror regime.
But how do the media justify their silence about all the human rights violations and the massacre of Iran’s defenseless Kurdish population? Means to combat terrorism are reported and discussed daily in Europe’s mass media. That's open for debate. But one thing is quite certain in this matter: international terrorism can’t be combated while ignoring its most important spiritual and financial patron, the Islamic Republic. ...
Consequently we appeal to you in the name of democracy and human rights and in the interest of objective reporting to break your silence about the bloody events in Iranian Kurdistan. Denounce the Islamic Republic’s grave human rights violations and inhuman policies. (emphasis added)
Sincerely, Dr. Miro Aliyar
(Translation by Richard Bartholomew)
Well, Dr. Aliyar, the German media don't turn a blind eye to unbearable torture. It's just that Abu Ghraib makes a much nicer copy, with Americans involved...
We might, at some later stage, come back to your request. Don't call us, we'll call you.
(Hat tip Gerald)