Thursday, November 15, 2007
It's intriguing that one of the reasons he is being cut out by former allies is that he has decided that, because of the hysterical demonisation of Iran, he will cease all criticism of the regime in the English-language section of his blog. As he sees it, he isn't going to corroborate the war-mongers. Having arrived in Canada in 2002, ready to experience the much-vaunted Western freedoms, he came to understand something else: the vital importance of Karl Marx:
"I never understood or had any kind of interest in Marxist theories. As soon as I arrived in Canada, after maybe six months and maybe three months of working full time in a company, I realized what he was saying."
As his critiques of western society have become more pointed, he has been heartened by supportive messages from some non-political ex-pats that echo his own journey. "They left Iran with the same hopes and dreams that when they came to Canada or the U.S., everything would be perfect there," he says. "You would have such a happy life.
"When they see the nuances and realities of things in the West, they realize it's not like what they were thinking. They start to question many of these presumptions and presuppositions."
I think it would be a pity if some neocon theologian was able to silence Derakshan's blog. There is a huge wealth of background information on it that Western leftists would do well to get acquainted with.