I came across this shameful piece by your contributor M. Krikorian on NRO Corner today. [Screen shot of the post]
I'm an Iranian activist living in Canada. Moved to this country in [...] as a political activist since I couldn't operate in Iran any more and for as long as I can remember, I have read the National Review's great material online (at least since 2000-2001). I've been pro-America, Pro-Bush, Pro-US Military, anti-Islam, anti-Iran's regime, and I'd like to say your articles on Iran were illuminating and full of hope at a time when we felt the whole world had left us in the darkness of the jail also known as Iran. But tonight, I am very troubled by this shameful post, especially this statement:
- "So, terrible as it is, it's actually in our interest for the Iranian regime to hold on as long as possible, and crack down as brutally as it can, so as to radicalize (i.e., de-Islamize) as much of the population as possible."
I am totally disgusted by this piece. I've been a paid subscriber to your magazine (on and off since I am a student and live on a budget) since mid 2007. And it's also such a pain to find your magazine in Canada where most bookstores don't carry conservative publications at all. I managed to get my campus bookstore to carry your magazine, hoping that it might wake up some of the brighter idiots there. I've always promoted your magazine as the beacon of superior intellectual thinking and writing among my friends and contacts. Always quoted your stuff on my blog but never expected to read such a lame crappy post on NRO-Corner section. It's an awful thing for him to say:
- "it's actually in our [...] crack down as brutally as it can, so as to radicalize (i.e., de-Islamize) as much of the population as possible."
I respect others' views but at this time it is absolutely unacceptable for NRO to publish comments that is definitely going to dishearten your Iranian fans across the globe. It is accurate to say that leftist publications like HuffPo or Daily Kos or Andrew Sullivan might be expected to write such ' hateful nonsense' but I'd have never thought/imagined to read this kind of BS on 'NRO' website. I am shocked, angered and troubled and I am really unable put my anger and frustration in words. I hope you understand me though.
I believe the Iranian activists who put their lives on the line on a daily basis to free Iran and secure the world deserve an apology. Thanks for your attention!
Update: I decided to go public with this after writing several emails to the editors of NR and on twitter.com. Never received any thing back and decided to post it here.