The Iranian side of Blogistan is abuzz with the news of Caspian Makan’s travels to Israel and his meeting with Peres. Makan, the self-proclaimed “fiance” of Neda Agha Soltan whose real name is “Alireza” and I’m not sure how it got switched to “Caspian” though it does make for a nice name for a talented showman.
Rah-e Sabz is featuring articles on how he wasn’t even her fiance (in an email to the reporter, her sister writes that he and Neda were only dating for a short time and had broken up when Neda died. She also writes that the family was shocked when he released photos of their time together to the media after Neda’s death), how he’s no representative of the green movement, etc.
From the beginning, it was quite obvious to many of us that this man is nothing but a charlatan, and I just hope this is a lesson for a lot of people. He shouldn’t have even become an issue or a name in the first place. Anyone using the dead, or the green movement to get themselves some time on the air, or a lucrative job at a right wing think tank, shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The movement in Iran and the dead and dying have become a very profitable business, and anyone serving as a CEO or deputy in the enterprise might be in it for reasons other than altruism.
Individuals are of course free to voice their own opinion. But anytime you have someone claiming to speak on behalf of an entire nation, or an entire movement, or someone long dead and unable to speak at all … you should raise an eyebrow.