Yesterday I wrote about attacks on the internet and our right to be anonymous therein. Today let’s have a look at an example of why it is so important to fight for that right.

As you probably know, Isreal’s, US’, and Iran’s leaders are all in war-mongering mode. All the things that led up to the Iraq war are repeating themselves. “We have to attack now, before it’s too late, and they have weapens of mass-destruction that will destroy us”, etc etc. (speaking of that, here and here are some interesting and enlightening segments on alternative views on this war-mongering at the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart – a show I can truly recommend). This is a recipe that has been well developed, and tested and perfected over the years. And if it would succeed also this time, I think we are in some dire straits, because Iran, unlike Iraq and Afgahnistan, and all other recent war-enemies, has the ability to strike back. However, there is a new ingredience in the mix this time, that weren’t there just a few years ago: the internet, and all social medias.

One example of this is the campaign that has just started, which is called “we love you”. It features ordinary citizen in both Iran and Isreal who post youtube-clips, facebook-images, and all other versions where they show in one way or another: i) who they are, and that they are just ordinary people, ii) that they have no intention whatsoever to start a war, iii) that they too want to balance the war-mongering with love.

Here is a very simple such clip, but which I think is very sweet. War is never allowed if a war-mentality is not present. With the internet, we the people have a completely different power to help create this mentality – a mentality that we want – also on the societal level.

That’s one of the reasons why it is so absolutely important that we fight for our ability to use internet freely, and anonymously. In Iran, internet is much controlled and surveilled, and for Iranians, posting also these kind of links with no other message than love is a dangerous undertaking. That’s one of the reasons why the Iranian posts rarely have images of whole faces.