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Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani: Facebook’s role in influencing millions of people in the context of regional developments, “a blessing”

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

While addressing a conference on developments in the Middle East and the future of regional order, Expediency Council chief Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani referred to Facebook’s role inin influencing the masses a “blessing.” Rafsajani also defined events in the region as “blessed and positive,” adding that the name given to the events, be it the Islamic Awakening, Arab Spring or popular uprising is not as important as the event itself, which is the awakening of an Islamic nation, the most important movement in the Arab world and a type of evolution in the behavior of regional peoples. We must agree that the events in the Islamic region and Africa are the most important of our generation. We can definitively predict that these events will benefit the entire region as well as the world in the long term. There will, however, be ups and downs as is the case in all revolutions and world events. Important developments spearheaded the revolutions in countries in the region, some of which existed in Iran as well at the time of the Revolution. For example, public dissatisfaction with and rage against the ruling regime, dictators who suffocate their people, widespread corruption, discrimination and dependence on foreign governments that humiliate the citizens. In countries with a religious orientation, the dissatisfaction of the public is compounded because the governments ignore their faith and religion. Another common point shared by regional countries is the lack of strong parties. One of the weaknesses of the Islamic world is that it does not allow for the establishment of parties in these countries. Should such parties be established, the people would be involved in the management of the country and revolutions would no longer be needed. Issues would be advanced through reforms, but these countries did not allow for reforms, resulting in increased dissatisfaction among the people. Rafsanjani emphasized that the Iranian Revolution served as an excellent role model and said, “If we had been able to perform better than we did and if we didn’t have some of these problems, the Islamic Revolution would have undoubtedly spread much faster to other countries. Hashemi stressed that the main factor behind the wealth of information available today did not exist at the time of the Islamic Revolution. Today, because of the Internet and satellites, the flow and disclosure of information cannot be prevented. There are, of course, disadvantages, but if we want to prevent something, dozens of others will pop up. Once the people found its way to the information, it can no longer be stopped. He further stated, “Today Facebook, which is available free to all people, can be used by many television and radio channels to influence millions of people… This is positive and a blessing to the people around the world.”

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  • Published: 3 days ago on Tuesday, 5 June 2012
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: June 5, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
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