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Crap Corner – Greg Sheridan from The Australian, again

Greg Sheridan spent a whole column in The Australian recently bagging out the Left for its supposed failure to support the demonstrators in Iran.  (‘West’s hypocrites betray Iranians’.)

As anyone who has read this blog knows, that is crap.  I have put some links at the bottom to articles supporting the Iranian masses.

I have also included a letter to the editor of The Australian in response to Sheridan’s rubbish. I have added in one sentence about the 40 cities where demonstrations were held in response to the unions’ call for them.

Because it doesn’t fit his left bashing agenda Greg Sheridan ignores the fact that the Left have supported the demonstrators in Iran. (‘West’s hypocrites betray Iranians’ Opinion, the Australian Thursday July 2).

The International Trade Union Confederation, Education International, the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations called a worldwide action day to demand justice and to protest against the denial of rights within Iran. Amnesty International backed the protests. These groups represent hundreds of millions of workers and others.

In response to the unions’ call, demonstrations for democracy and rights in Iran went ahead on 26 June in 40 cities around the world.

In Canberra I and ten other members of Socialist Alternative joined approximately 100 trade unionists and 200 or so Iranians and supporters outside the Embassy last week to chant death to the dictator and down with the Islamic Republic. In doing this we hoped to give succor to the masses in Iran campaigning for democracy.

I didn’t see Sheridan there.

Indeed if Sheridan had read my blog – En Passant with John Passant – or that of Socialist Alternative he would have seen any number of articles supporting the masses in Iran as they struggle for freedom and democracy.

However unlike Sheridan we do not support the butcher Mousavi who was Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic between 1981 and 1989 and responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Iranians.

At least the title of Sheridan’s article bears some semblance of truth, for truly western hypocrites like him continue to betray Iranians.

And one wonders what Sheridan’s view of the coup in Honduras is?  Will he organise demonstrations against the landed elite there who have taken power in a coup?  Will he support the people on the streets demonstrating against the coup and for the return of the democratically elected President?

I doubt it since my guess is he supports the coup. Or he will be totally silent about it. The  hypocrite.

Here are some links to articles on Iran on this blog.

Iran pauses; Between revolt and repression in Iran; Iran: a general strike?; Iran boils over; Chavez supports Iranian dictators; Iranian Embassy demonstration; Iran: between reaction and revolution; Iran: prospects for revolution: rough notes for a talk; Iran: the interrupted revolution erupts; and Iran: reaction, reform or revolution?

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Comment from peter d. jones
Time July 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Sadly Greg Sheridan lives in a time warp from his Santamaria/DLP influenced youth and since the Cold War ended, his only target has been “the Left” like a lot of News Weekly columnists.