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Time To Prove An Important Fact: We Don’t Support Violence And Terrorism


A man wounded in the October 18th attack arrives at a hospital in the southeastern Iranian city of Pisheen, near the border with Pakistan.

A man wounded in the October 18th attack arrives at a hospital in the southeastern Iranian city of Pisheen, near the border with Pakistan.

Blogger Kamangir reacts to the deadly October 18 attack by the group Jundallah on the Revolutionary Guards Corps by saying that violence should be condemned:

I borrowed the title of this post from Lemonasion. This paragraph, too:

The terrorist incident in the east of the country...is also a measure to judge our association with violence. There is no jury. We ought to prove it to ourselves that we do not belong to that group of people that justifies crimes and killings for its own benefit. We must prove that we abhor terror and bloodshed, even if my enemy is the victim. We ought to prove that we are not bombers. What are important are these judgments.

I'd like go even further now. If I were to declare either
Jundallah or Sepah [Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution] as an enemy, with the supposition that the enemy is one of them, I would most definitely consider Jundallah as my foe.

Sepah, despite its numerous unmentionable deeds and the fact that it's a tool of dictatorship, is being run according to one principle -- keeping a link, however small, with the Iranian government. This means that, from the perspective of our impact as Iranian citizens, Jundallah basically is independent of our votes. However, Sepah, at the end of the day, is somehow dependent upon structures where our votes count.

However small our impact may be, it is more than zero. Besides all this, I agree with Lemonasion. There is no good or bad terror. Killing is what’s bad.

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