Ms Ferdows Kazemi was born in Iran, in a Muslim family. However, as she grew up, she came to reject religion in all its forms and became an atheist.
That meant she had to flee from the Iranian religious regime. As a refugee, she now lives in the Netherlands and is a columnist for Dutch daily De Volkskrant.
This is a translation from the Dutch of parts of her Volkskrant column of today, about the alleged plot by the Iranian government to murder the Saudi ambassador in the United States, announced with much ballyhoo by the US government and corporate media:
‘I believe Iran,
meaning the Iranian government’s denial of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador in the USA
for the first time ever’
Ferdows Kazemi – 12/10/11, 15:57
The Iranian writer Ferdows Kazemi does not believe that Iran is behind the foiled terror plot in the U.S. If we assume that Iran intends to commit bombings in America because of its Islamic ideological objectives, why would it deny that? …
The Iranian authorities have been trying for decades to win public opinion in Iran against the West. They take every opportunity wallow in victimhood. I understand from reports that the Islamic regime’s propaganda machine is currently working overtime. Iranians will consider the supposed involvement of their authorities in the planned bombings to be unlikely, however dishonest they may consider their own government.
This creates an atmosphere of distrust towards the U.S.. We must be smart in the West. We must not get carried away in this game, which seems to be more like a Hollywood scenario than like a serious political issue. We need the confidence of the Iranian people. They must not become even more isolated. No isolated nation has ever got democracy. Wake up!
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