Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Iran's President Bans Western Music
TEHRAN, Iran - Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned all Western music from Iran's state radio and TV stations — an eerie reminder of the 1979 Islamic revolution when popular music was outlawed as "un-Islamic" under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Today, though, the sounds of hip-hop can be heard blaring from car radios in Tehran's streets, and Eric Clapton's "Rush" and the Eagles' "Hotel California" regularly accompany Iranian broadcasts.
No more — the official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban all Western music, including classical music, on state broadcast outlets.
How is that good news? Let me tell you. The years of the previous Iranian president, Khatami, have brought political apathy and indifference into the youth movement of Iran. The youth enjoyed the limited freedoms that Khatami gave them (nail polish, head scarves drawn backwards, Eric Clapton) and they got so consumed with this new life that they forgot that only a regime change can save Iran. The talk about reformists, moderates, and reform from within is all crap. A change in the theocratic system is the only way forward.
I hope the crazy actions of Ahmadinajad will trigger the youth movement and revive it one more time to usher in a second revolution.
I know it is cruel to ask for draconian measures upon the Iranian people, but I am afraid I believe that is the only way to brush off political apathy and trigger some sort of uprising against the entire system and not just Ahmadinajad.