A Mechanism For Suppressing The Most Elementary Thinking

The post-Soviet dictators have preserved their Bolshevik essence, and their democratic facade can fool only the most gullible and forgetful person. Yet, regretfully, such gullibility and forgetfulness are characteristic not only of common folks, removed from political intrigue, but – in no lesser degree – of certain politicians. One gets the impression that today, as the global conflict between the Communist tyranny and civilized democracy has lost its urgency, these politicians have melted in the euphoria of the global collapse of totalitarianism and have lost their vigilance.

Even Zbigniew Brzezinski, United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, as he tries to rationalize the reasons for the victories of the Communist ideology through such a long period, concludes that Communism

had some similarities to the appeal of the great religions, each of which provided an over-arching explanation of what life is all about. …But communism was not only a passionate response to deeply felt concerns or just a self-righteous creed of social hate. It was also a readily understandable system of thought, seemingly providing a unique insight into the future as well as the past.

Like many others who spent most of their adult lives in a totalitarian Communist state, I find this interpretation largely simplistic. More than anyone else, we would know that, rather than being a system of thought, Communism is a mechanism for suppressing the most elementary thinking. Communism is nothing but a set of dogmas and falsehoods, drilled into a person so hard as to preclude him or her from understanding their complete inanity. The slogans thus drilled were based on ‘combining’ uncombinable  notions, so as to befog the mind with complete illogically and absurdity and thus prevent any questions and doubts.You cannot pose a sane question to an insane statement.

Communist ideology makes a totalitarian regime far more dangerous, for such a state not only comprises the full set of measures aimed at suppressing free thought and intellect, but also a false ideology that is deeply inculcated in the minds of its bearers and executors. This is the reason why the dictators of the newly independent states, having taken down the old sign, continue to rule along basically unchanged ideological principles.

From “Path to Democracy (published in 1997)

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Rasul Guliyev - Rəsul Quliyev haqqında

Rasul Guliyev is the former Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan (1993-1996) and is currently leader of the Open Society Party, one of Azerbaijan’s opposition parties. He is a passionate proponent of democracy. He actively participates in efforts to secure democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan, an oil-rich nation by the Caspian Sea and a former Soviet Republic. He writes and speaks out forcefully against the dangers of resurgent dictatorships in the former Soviet Republics. Mr. Guliyev resigned from his post as Speaker in 1996 to protest the human rights violations, censorship policies, widespread bribery and corruption, and anti-democratic policies of the Heidar Aliyev regime. Since that time he and his relatives and colleagues have been continually harassed by the government, now headed by Heidar Aliyev’s son, Ilham. Mr. Guliyev and his family live in political exile in the United States. During the past several years Mr. Guliyev has devoted his efforts to writing political and historical books that reveal the realities of life in Azerbaijan today. His books have enjoyed widespread interest in the Azeri diaspora forced to leave their homeland because of political persecution. Millions now live across Europe, in Russia, and the U.S. Recently, when excerpts from his latest book were published in an opposition newspaper in Azerbaijan and the book began selling within Azerbaijan, the government intervened to halt its distribution. Mr. Guliyev has presented briefings to US policy makers in numerous forums, including those sponsored by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He has testified before the US Congress’ Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) on the issue of Elections, Democratization, and Human Rights in Azerbaijan. Government Service and Political Involvement Following a career in the oil industry (in 1992 Mr. Guliyev was named Vice President of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic), and with the advent of Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union, Mr. Guliyev became involved in the political process in Azerbaijan. He served as Speaker of the Parliament during the early years of independence but became increasingly disenchanted after former KGB General Heidar Aliyev seized power. Since the late 1990’s he has been a leading opposition figure and party leader. In 2005 he was his party’s candidate for the parliamentary elections, but was prevented from returning from exile to Azerbaijan to participate in the election process. In dramatic events, the government closed and sealed off the airport to prevent his plane from landing and arrested many of his supporters. Despite this, he garnered the majority of votes in his precinct – yet the authorities would not validate his victory in this election that international observers decried as marred with irregularities and falsifications. Two years later Mr. Guliyev co-founded the Open Society Party and was elected party leader. Since the 2008 presidential elections, the entrenchment of Ilham Aliyev’s power, and the growing reliance on Azerbaijan by the US, repression in Azerbaijan has increased. Journalists and American-educated Azeri bloggers have been arrested for talking and writing against Ilham Aliyev and his family. The office and home of a leading human rights activist was recently bulldozed by the government. This climate creates dilemmas for the U.S. government which looks to Azerbaijan for energy resources for the West and for cooperation with regional security needs. The next Azerbaijan presidential election will be held in 2013. Ilham Aliyev will be the leading candidate. The opposition in Azerbaijan has been crushed. And under Aliyev’s leadership and direction, the country’s Constitution has been amended to remove term limits and set the stage for Aliyev’s being “president for life.” It is in this context that Rasul Guliyev is renewing his efforts to remind and inform U.S. policy makers of the on-going repression and corruption that plagues Azerbaijan, and encouraging U.S. policy makers to speak out about these realities. Personal Rasul Guliyev is married to Elmira Guliyeva, formerly an oil engineer. He is the father of three and has six grandchildren.

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  1. Prezident İlham Əliyev Ramazan Bayramı münasibəti ilə müsəlmanları təbrik edib.

    Müqəddəs kitabımız Qurani-Kərimin nazil olduğu Ramazan ayı insanlar arasında birlik və bərabərliyin, xeyirxahlıq və şəfqətin, Uca Yaradana və ilahi hikmətə bağlılığın təntənəsini nümayiş etdirir. Bu ayda müsəlmanlar Allah və din qarşısında vicdani borclarını daha dolğun ödəmək fürsəti əldə edir, mənəvi zənginliyin və əxlaqi kamilliyin nəfs üzərində qələbə sevincini yaşayırlar.

    salam cənab prezidnet İlham Əliyev sizin azərbaycan xalqının müqəddəs Ramazan bayramını münasibətiylə təbrik etdiyiniz sözlərinizi qısa hissəsini yerləşdirmişəm.
    mən Qarabag əlili sizi and verirəm müqəddəs kitabımız Qurani-Kərimə və Qurani-Kərimin nazil oldugu müqədəs Ramazan ayına mənim şikayətimə bax.cənab İlham Əliyev özünüz dediyiniz kimi sizdə Allah qarşısında vicdani borcunuzu yerinə yetirin mənim şikayətimə baxın.Mən sizə dəfələrlə yazmışamki mənim hüququm pozulur siz prezident müqəddəs Quran kitabına əl basıb and içmisiniz siz prezident kimi ölkədə tək bir Qarabag əlilinin hüququnu qoruya bilmirsiniz mən sizin bu təbrikinizə inanmıram və qəbul eləmirəm.siz xalqı aldadırsınız ancaq Allahı aldada bilmərsiniz Allah bunalrı görür və yazır.Cənap prezident sizin ən yaxın çevrəniz olan Akula əti yeyən nazirlərə deyə bilmirsizi ki Ramazan bayramıdır gedin Qarabag əlilinin evinin içinə yagış yagır onu təmir edin ona bir maşın alın verin savabdır lakin nazirlər bir nahar yeməyinə milyonlar xərcləyirlər…
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    Salam Rəsul müəllim Qarabag əlilinin məktubuna cavab vermirsiniz…

    • Doğrudan siz hələdə Əliyevin quranı kərim və allaha inandığına ümidiniz var. Mən sizi əmin edirəmki,o müraciətində yazılan bir sözüdə oxumayıb.

      • Salam Rəsul müəllim birincisi o mənim bu müraciyətimi oxuyub Allaha and olsun əgər Əliyev belə müraciyətləri oxumasa o saxda rüşvətxor hakimiyətini bir gündə saxlaya bilməz. mən ilham əliyevə yazdımki sizi and verirəm atanız heydarın göruna ananızın ruhuna məni qəbul elə mənim şikayətimə bax 7 aydan sonra yazdımki cənab ptezident mən sizi atanızın ananızın ruhuna and verəndən sonrada məni qəbul eləmədiniz deyin görüm indi atanızın ananızın ruhu sizi rahat buraxırmı..Rəsul müəllim mən ilhamın allahsız oldugunu qurana səzdə etmədiyini bildiyimə görə ona bu sözləri yazmışam mən bunu suizin saytınıza ona göprə göndərmişəmki bu avam xalq ilham əliyevin kim oldugunu bilsinlər..xalq bilsinki ilham əliyev vətən yolunda saglamlıgını iki qılçasını itiurmiş Qarabag zəliliylə prinsip aparır Allaha and olsun. mən bu vəziyətimi onun əziz balasına arzulayıram Ramazanın bu müqəddəs günündə…..

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