Feature > Opinion > ARE WE READY FOR DEMOCRACY? GREAT IRAN SURVEY 2008 BY SCHAHRAM SCHAMSAWARY
Just imagine if all Iranians could express their opinion about the political and cultural situation in our country publicly and online. Not tomorrow or in a few years, but right now.
My name is Schahram Schamsawary, I am a Facial Surgeon living in Germany. I have started a short survey about Iranians´ attitudes towards politics concerning our home country. We Iranians have vivid discussions about ourselves, about people’s attitude towards religion, politics, and the revolution.
But do we really know, what Iranians think? Do Iranians in Iran have different opinions about these topics compared to those outside of Iran? When I visited Iran in 2003, I put pictures of young people, especially from young woman online to draw peoples attention to the young people´s and woman´s situation. The more positive resonance was amazing, so I decided to go ahead with this second project.
Let me tell you a few words about my intention and who I am. In my view, Iranians are more democratic than any other people in the Middle East. This might not completely be new for you, but the media in Europe think differently and pay nearly no attention to that circumstance. In the end they think in clichees, which I don’t have to mention. Policymakers not just act, but they often also react to changes of peoples mind for obvious reasons. So, if we want to change policy, we have to change the present circumstances, the clichee iranian type. We can change that, by changing the medias attitude. It is us in the west, who have to draw the media´s attention to the, let us call it a fact, that Iranians are Democrats and deserve to be supported. But a fact is something, which needs proof. Every Iranian can prove and contribute by taking time (5 minutes), just clicking in the survey...I will pass on the results to the media in Germany.
We, the people of Iran, can do much more than we think. We don’t need to wait for anybody to stand up and go on the streets. We have to prepare the fields with public relation work, and what is easier than doing it from your home?
This is why I decided to start this big survey. The more Iranians take part, the more we can do for us. Please notice, that I neither belong to a political party or organization nor I want to belong to any of them. I am working on this project alone, I belong to the free Iranian network community as you. Let us find out, what Iranians really want. If I could convince you, please click on:
home.tiscali.de/iranpars/ or the direct path to the survey:
For Iranians outside of Iran:
For Iranians in inside of Iran:
To be sure not to be influenced by results, the first round will be published in about 8 weeks, a second round is planned for April 1, 2008.
Thank you very much, for taking part,