Ali Deilami

The mini-deal and my rational sin

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When you read the news, many headlinesmay make you feel bad. But if you feel guilty about your bad feelings, it’s abnormal. You think you should be happy about that headline because it’s good news. It’s about a series of actions that makes life easier for those you care about. But no matter how hard you try, you are still sad and consider it bad news. That’s when the sense of guilt posses you. Why do I feel like this? You ask yourself.

Netanyahu called it a mini-deal. A mini-deal that, of course, Israel won’t accept. But before all this stuff, any deal, even in mini size, can bring significant results for a professional overthinker nation like Iran. In any economics class, you learn how vital expectations are. And Iranians don’t need to learn this principle; they witnessed it many times! Only the vague signals about Iran- US indirect negotiations appreciated the Iranian rial in the past couple of weeks. However, it’s still the least valuable currency in the world.

The expectation of Iranians in Iran is a better life with this so-called mini-deal. Perhaps, the reason for my bad feelings about the mini-deal news is that I don’t have this expectation, and I think such an expectation is preposterous. It helps Iranians to continue breathing, but they never experience better circumstances in life under the current regime.

The difference between the being of the mini-deal and its nothingness is the survival of the tyrant. This deal will save the Islamic Republic in the first place, not the Iranians. For Iranians, the continuity of their affliction is the result. Maybe when they concluded the deal, we take a before-after picture of Iranian society. I think In that image, the regime pursues only the same two things that always matter to them; forcing every female in Iran to wear hijab and harming Israel while people remain miserable but in a more stable form.

I know it’s fierce and seems so ruthless, but I wish that the Islamic Republic of Iran be under pressure to the extent that it won’t be able to pay the salaries and pensions. Any pressure on the Iranian governmental income makes me happy. This happiness is unconscious. I actively tried to change my feelings, but I couldn’t. Because in no world I can consider the Islamic Republic regime as a part of the Iranian nation. I regard it as the enemy of my prime society.

You probably heard that sanctions against Iran are hurting poor people, not the Islamic regime and the oligarchy. And I’m afraid it’s true. I witnessed those suffering because of these sanctions are innocent, and those responsible for the crimes are immune. The criminals have enough wealth and even use the sanctions to increase it. But also, the existence of the Islamic Republic destroys any horizon for getting out of this gloomy situation. The fact is, On constant prices, the GDP per Capita of Iran never returned to 1977, the last year that Iran was a normal State.

I heard many times about the impossibility of fighting injustice with another injustice. Also, I read history enough to know sacrificing a group of people for the greater good may lead to catastrophe. But I don’t see any other way out for us. At this point, all Iranians in the diaspora faced this dilemma between ethics and realism. Some might curse us for this, but we decided to bear this burden; It’s our rational sin.

About the Author
Ali was a journalist in Iran, working for ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) from 2019 to 2021. He now lives in Milan, Italy.
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