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Iran Reformers Fight On!

Although intervention from Ayatollah Khamenei enabled President Ahmadinejad to obtain approval of his Cabinet from a reluctant parliament, Iranian reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi continues fighting for the rights of his people. He called for protests against the fraudulent election to resume. “People, your friends are committed not to betray you on the path of fighting liars and fraudsters. With respect to this commitment, the only way that I recommend is to continue on the green path that you have followed in the past months…. with small and large gatherings, campaigns and questions.”

Over a hundred people are currently charged with “crimes” that most probably consist of not agreeing with the ideas of Åhmadinejad. Public protests have died down in the past month since students are back in school and pressure to avoid openly confronting authority is present. The strategy of Mousavi is focusing on family and friends to keep alive the principles of democracy in order to avoid having innocent people sent to jail and torture. It is a quiet soft revolution, but in the long term may be the most logical manner of proceeding.

Ahmadinejad’s Problems With Conservatives

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been in an ongoing conflict with reform groups in the nation, but must now confront a growing dislike of his leadership style from conservatives. The Iranian parliament expressed displeasure at his appointment of Kamran Daneshjou as his new science minister which places him in a leadership role in university life. Daneshjou was Minister of Interior during the election riots and is blamed for abuse of those arrested as well as the death of many people. MP Amin Shabani asked his colleagues; “the question is whether the university environment will accept a renowned political and security figure” like Daneshjou.

The unanswered question is the position of Ayatollah Khamenei in this conflict. Does he seek peace and quiet? If so, would he accept a controversial figure exerting power in the university world since that would eventually spark student rebellions?

One thing increasingly is clear– the Iranian parliament intends to keep a close watch on Ahmadinejad.

Off With Their Heads Says Ahmadinejad!

If anyone has doubts as to the abilities of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a leader, it is only necessary to survey his actions leading up to the recent election and his subsequent inability to reach out to opponents to create a climate of cooperation. His solution to wide-spread dislike of his leadership is to call for punishment of opposition leaders who, most probably, are supported by at least 40% of the population. “those from lower ranks and the ones who were deceived should be treated with Islamic compassion, ” but “riot leaders should be executed.” His loyal followers shouted approval along with chants of Death to America and Death to Israel.

No outside nation influenced the election. But, it is clear a significant part of the Iranian population disagrees with Ahmadinejad. He even went to far to claim that British Foreign Minister, David Miliband, told a diplomat his nation wanted to “finish the Islamic republic.”

The real question facing Afghanistan is not Ahmadinejad, but clerical leaders like Khamenei and will they allow this incompetent to continue leading the nation.

Truth Is A Stranger in Iran

Mohammad Khatami, a former president who was linked to the reform movement denounced show trials in Tehran as merely reflecting an attempt by President Ahmadinejad to smear those who oppose him by concocting a series of false confessions. “These kinds of comments are invalid,” said Khatami, “these claims are utter lies and hold no truth. It is better for officials to prevent such illegal and counter-religious acts, as they will hurt the Islamic republic’s regime.” The prosecution is attempting to prove that demonstrators who went into the street to protest the fraudulent election of Ahmadinejad were merely agents of outside nations who endeavored to destabilize the nation’s leadership.

The only way Ahmadinejad can present himself as legitimate is to prove the opposition is illegitimate. Therefore, the show trials in which decent people who have been brutalized and drugged stand up and confess to things they never did. The world is learning that Ahmadinejad has lost the support of his people. What next for Iran?

Ahmadinejad–Defender Of Women!

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad most probably stole the recent Iranian presidential election and in the process of brutalizing those who opposed his crimes against the people of Iran, dozens of women were arrested, and there are numerous reports several were both physically abused or even raped while in prison. In an effort to repair his image in regards to women, President Ahmadinejad appointed two women as ministers in his Cabinet. There is no question during the election, opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife galvanized women and got them politically active.

It is doubtful if women activists would suddenly become enamored with Ahmadinejad because he appointed two women to the Cabinet. It is simply a political ploy and will not alter the abuse of women in Iran.

Tough Or Soft Love Towards Iran?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in as president of Iran despite the reality he may well have been the loser in the recent presidential election in his nation. The situation has created a dilemma for most western nations who would prefer if a reform candidate had gained the presidency of Iran. The French, Swedish and British ambassadors attended the inauguration ceremony while other nations refused to even send the customary congratulations which is offered to a new ruler. Ahmadinejad responded to the snubs with, “well, nobody in Iran is waiting for anyone’s congratulations. We don’t value your congratulations, and we don’t value your smiles.”

However, the Iranian leader does have concerns over being slighted since many of his own nation’s lawmakers refused to attend the ceremony and protestors continue making known their disapproval of his gaining power through fraudulent means. “President” Ahmadinejad may well seek to attract support from European nations if Iran continues to struggle economically. Members of the Iranian parliament are not that interested in European approval, but they regard their new president as being unable to manage an economy.

Watch Your Words In Obama White House!

Given the propensity of right wing ideologues on Fox News to check every single word emanating from the White House it is not surprising that Robert Gibbs made clear to reporters the wrong words had been used to describe the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yesterday, the Obama spokesman was guilty of poorspeak when he said “Ahamadinejad was the elected leader of Iran. He has been inaugurated–that’s a fact.” OK, we all knew that fact. Everyone who has a brain in his or her head knows the election was fixed and when Gibbs referred to Ahmadinejad as the leader of Iran it did not suggest President Obama thought the election was fair.

We inhabit the world of political speech correctness. It would be fascinating if the same standards of accuracy applied to Fox News or the erratic verbal meanderings of Lou Dobbs.

SHOW TRIALS IN IRAN

In the late 1930s, Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union, held numerous “show trials” at which famous Communists confessed to being agents of capitalism and conspiring to destroy their country. Fast forward to the summer of 2009 and similar trials are currently taking place in Iran where Supreme Leader of Lies Ayatollah Khamenei is supporting efforts of President Ahmadinejad to prove reformers were merely agents of Western powers. The wife of a former Iranian vice president said her husband was drugged and pressured to making his confession that he was working to forment a green revolution in Iran.

Fahimeh Mousavinejad said there was evidence her husband was being drugged when she visited him in jail. “Confessions in Iran are nothing new. It shows their weakness and their desperation.” The Ahmadinejad pitch is that demonstrations were organized by those seeking revenge against him because he had won the support of the Iranian people. Anyone believing that nonsense can contact me about purchasing a nice bridge across the East River in New York.

Ahmadinejad still does not grasp that he has lost the respect of large segments of the Iranian population and putting on show trials merely gives them more evidence that he has lost contact with reality.

Iranians Challenge Ahmadinejad Show Trials

Iranian reformers refuse to back down in the fight to achieve freedom for their people. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and former reform president Mohammad Khatami denounced recent release of pictures which depict some of the 100 detainees admitting they had acted in consort with foreign elements by challenging election results which gave President Ahmadinejad an overwhelming victory. Khatama stated bluntly, “what was called a trial was a violation of the constitution.” It is clear Ahmadinejad seeks to tarnish the reputations of his opponents by linking them to western, if not Israel, influences which are behind attempts to bring democracy to Iran.

Relatives of the detainees claim their loved ones have lost considerable weight and appear fatigued. Ahmadinejad is caught between his desire to exert independence from Ayatollah Khamenei and need for his support during the confusion of current times. The last dictator to attempt “show trials” was Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, they didn’t work then and will not work today.

Ahmadinejad Is Man In The Middle

When President Ahmadinejad turns to the left the sight of demonstrating thousands greets his gaze, when he turns to the right, faces of bearded angry clerics shouting in his direction compel attention to their demands. He is now caught in cross-fire from liberal reformers and hard-line clerics who disagree with his economic policies as well as his choices for the Cabinet. Right wing cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told the president, “before naming individuals for ministries, the government and parliament must co-ordinate.” In other words, check with us before you select anyone. Most probably as he is inaugurated for a second term, there will be demonstrations all over Iran by liberal reformers who want a democratic Iran in which the voice of the people is respected.

Ahmadinejad in the past few weeks even received criticism from the Supreme Ayatollah who is also chief man in the Iranian nation. Ahmadinejad denied there was a rift between Ayatollah Khamenei and himself. “What they do not understand is that the relationship between us and the Supreme Leader goes beyond politics and administration. It is based on kindness, on ideology, it is like that of a father and son.”

Perhaps, attacks on his competency have made Ahmadinejad, at least for the present, abandon any thoughts of using the army to usurp power from the clergy.