The implications of two recent news stories today take us far from our usual topics.
Firstly, the (belated) recognition with the Nobel Peace Prize of 51-year-old engineer Narges Mohammadi, who was tortured by the Iranian regime of murderous Ayatollahs to 154 lashes and 31 years in prison for having committed “atrocious” crimes – that is: having campaigned for years for women's rights, democracy and against the death penalty in Iran.
There is no doubt that being a woman, thinking, wanting to study and daring to express ideas are unforgivable crimes in the Islam of the Iranian Ayatollahs and their Taliban cousins. For the latter, any cultural expression outside of their own interpretation of the Quran constitutes mortal sacrilege. For this reason, they could promise a thousand things and not fulfil any of them, once again enslaving women, preventing them from studying and taking away all rights as thinking beings.
Faced with all these monstrous madmen, I always wonder what the masters of Islamic philosophy and medicine such as Rhazes, Avicenna, Ibn Al Baitar, Avenzoar, Abentofail and Averroes would think of them today.
It was Harun al-Rashid, caliph of Baghdad in the eighth century, who ordered the compilation and translation of texts by Greek and Hebrew philosophers and scientists. He was the son of a former slave with a strong personality who greatly influenced all his children; Harun established the legendary Bayt al-Hikma ("House of Wisdom") library in Baghdad which led to a period of exceptional cultural, scientific and economic splendour.
Now and coincidentally with their total contempt for women and children, the Iranian packs of Hamas – whom under their already proven instructions – crossed the border with Israel massacring, raping and kidnapping hundreds of civilians (including the elderly, young, women and children). When we see the images filmed by the Hamas assassins themselves, we cannot help but remember images of the SS, the Gestapo and imagine some of the stories transcribed about the very bloody crusades.
These are not wars between soldiers or sad deaths of civilians as a result of army clashes but, as is clearly observed in their own filming of the attacks,, is a specially planned strategy to murder and capture as many civilians as possible, especially women and children.
The Iranian regime also organised bloody terror attacks in Argentina, is fully established in Venezuela and is now in the process of establishing itself in Bolivia. With their double and false discourse (defending the rights of women and children only when it suits them), the pseudo-left and populist sectors of our country and others have been financed by them and commune with them.
It is too early to predict the end of so much barbarism in Iran, Afghanistan and now the Middle East; it will surely be necessary to lose many more human lives until they are destroyed definitively, but if humanity does not commit to doing so, there will be no safe place for the future life of women and children.
*Dr. UBA, MBA and Bsc. Professor and Researcher in Health Economics