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THOUSANDS PROTEST IN IRAN HONORING DEAD HERO

They came by the thousands into the streets of Tehran, many wearing black with the Mousavi campaign signature’s green wristbands and red roses could be seen in the hands of those who were tired of having their nation transformed into a giant jail. They had come to mourn the death of Neda Soltan who was brutally shot during protests in the aftermath of the stolen Iranian presidential election. Hundreds of police wielding batons struck repeatedly at those who had come to express their grief for a young woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mir Hossein Mousavi who “lost” to President Ahmadinejad was forced to leave the cemetery but his wife gained entrance. She walked into the cemetery along with many clerics and former members of Parliament. Neda’s mother spoke for everyone by saying: “Her death has been so painful that words can never describe my true feelings. But knowing that the world cried for her has comforted me.”

Ahmadinejad is “president of Iran” but even conservative Iranian clerics are furious at his incompetence and brutality which has unleashed a wave of fury against leaders of the country. The Ides of June may well be warnings that Ahmadinejad’s tenure in office will be short.

Ahmadinejad Warned To Respect The Law

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been confronted by reformers demanding respect for their votes and their right to freedom of speech and assembly. Now, hard line conservatives are furious at the president for his brutal actions in dealing with protestors as well as his defiance of Ayatollah Khamenei. The Islamic Society of Engineers, a political group close to parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, warned in an open letter to Ahmaindejad that he must be sensitive to the views of others. “It seems you want to be the sole speaker and do not want to hear other voices.” Larijani has been furious at Ahmadinejad’s brutality and beatings of those who protested his disputed victory. Conservatives do not approve the use of force, torture of prisoners and killing of the innocent.

Ahmadinejad has yet to understand every time he prevents peaceful demonstrations all he does is fuel the desire to throw him out of office. He clashed with Ayatollah Khamenei when he appointed a family member who is disliked by most conservative Iranians. An unknown factor is whether Ahmadinejad would draw upon his followers in the armed forces to hold onto power and in so doing create chaos in Iran.

Ides Of June Haunt President Ahmadinejad

It is nearly two months after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole the Iran presidential election in a manner that resembled the old Chicago politics of Mayor Daley. He ordered the arrest of hundreds of innocent people and their imprisonment in jails where they have been beaten, tortured and even killed. Finally, even Iran’s real ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had to order the closure of the notorious Kahrizak prison in Tehran on grounds it “lacked the standards” to maintain rights of detainees. After members of Parliament inspected the Evin prison, at least 140 political detainees were released without comment. Among the 150 other political detainees still in prison, most are supporters of the defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi who has refused to cease complaining about brutal treatment accorded those who disagree with the Ahmadinejad government.

Concern about the condition of detainees rose to a new height of anger when it was revealed Mohsen Rouholaamini, son of a prominent scientist and regime leader, died while in prison. The most amazing aspect of the current protest movement is that it still is functioning despite attempts to silence those who want a democratic Iran. This suggests Ahmadinejad does not command all power and forces of both the right and left are merging in an effort to confront the leader over his actions.

Ahmadinejad Has More Troubles!

It is never difficult overestimating the incompetence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but his latest escapade must rank among his most fascinating efforts to antagonize just about every political group in his nation. His choice for first vice president, Esfandiar Rahim Mashie, was forced to resign from the position after conservative members of parliament as well as clerics blasted the appointment of a man who made the outrageous statement that Iran is a “friend of the Israeli people.” Of course, he never said, “Israel government,” but the thought of someone in a leadership position within Iran who believes it is possible to be friends with Israelis was a bit too much for Iranian hardliners. In the space of a month Ahmadinejad has aroused the fury of moderate and hard line clerics, an accomplishment few could achieve in such a brief period of time.

The strong reaction suggests while many conservatives supported Ahmadinejad for the presidency over Mousavi, they still regard the president as incompetent and will exert pressure to force his acceptance of their economic agenda. Even worse for Ahmadinejad, his ally and boss, Ayatollah Khamenei, also blasted the appointment and urged the president to appoint someone else.

The ides of July do not reveal omens of peace and success for a president who is disliked by most of the population.

Is There Trouble Brewing In Iran’s Military?

The Iranian army has arrested at least 36 officers who were so furious at the brutality of the crackdown on demonstrators that they planned on Friday to attend the sermon of Hashemi Rafsanjani in which he sharply condemned the actions of President Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah Khamenei. The officers wanted to offer a show of solidarity with demonstrators and planned to wear their uniform at the sermon. There are also reports a senior revolutionary guard commander, General Ali Fazli, is under arrest for refusing to obey orders to attack demonstrators. Stories concerning a desire among members of the military to obey orders are a symptom that President Ahmadinejad never received the 60% of votes he claimed and that a substantial part of the Iranian people want their voices heard.

Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad can continue ruling, but underneath the cover of suppression and brutality is arising a new fury led by people who seek an Iran based on principles of the Muslim religion and democracy. Perhaps, it will take months or years before the explosion erupts, but it will eventually come to the surface.

Mir Mousavi Denounces Iran Election As Illegal

There is an erie quiet in many parts of Iran as protestors gather together in hope of uncovering new ways to protest the brutality of their nation’s government against those expressing their ideas in public. Presidential challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, refuses to remain silent and continues openly demanding a new election to replace the fraudulent stealing of the presidency by Ahmadinejad. “It is our historical responsibility to continue our protests and not to abandon our efforts to preserve the nation’s rights.” He wants the constitution respected and rights to free speech, assembly and the press allowed. Former Iranian reform president Mohammed Khatami said the “election” kwas a “velvet coup against democracy.” He noted that while the government press speaks of national reconciliation, protestors still are beaten and imprisoned.

The only response from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is to continue blaming everything on “foreign interference.’ Every time clerics or government officials make this claim it only reinforces belief within the country that the election was a fraud. The people of Iran witnessed their genuine complaint about an election lead to beatings by the government.

Unfortunately, hundreds are still in jail where they are beaten, and in some cases, there are reports of rape.

Iron Fist Of Iranian Theocracy Slams Down!

The iron fist of the Iranian theocracy has slammed down its fist on anyone who dares to speak with members of the foreign press or have contacts with non-Iranian sources. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has made clear that any problems with the Iranian presidential elections stem from interference by the world media so the solution is to ban any contact with those who created the problems. The German newspaper, Der Spiegel, which had an interview with President Ahmadinjad before the elections is now termed a “Zionist newspaper” because it also interviewed Hossein Mousavi. There is scant doubt in the immediate Iran’s government can beat, imprison and even kill those who have defied the Supreme Leader and his ill advised support of Ahmadinejad. Khamenei still does not grasp the extent of what he has done to the Muslim religion and the power of clerics. He has besmirched his reputation as a “leader” among millions of Iranians, and he has opened the door for the Ahmadinejad military alliance to take complete control of the nation.

What will happen four years from now when Ahmadinejad’s term of office concludes? Will he go quietly into retirement from politics? Or, will he use the military to overthrow clerical rule and declare himself president for life? I am certain he will find something in the Koran to justify such action.

Paranoia Paralyzes Iranian Government Thinking

The current Iranian government is led by individuals whose thinking is best guided by the power of paranoia which explains for them any and all events in life. The Ahmadinejad government arrested Iranian employees at the British Embassy in Tehran on charges they had played a “significant role” in the demonstrations by millions of people against the fraudulent election for president. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei apparently has decided to end his role as a spiritual leader and become part of the thugs who presently run Iran. He denounced “interfering statements” by western officials and appealed to all involved in the dispute “not to stroke the emotions of the young.” Unfortunately, his statements demanding severe punishment of all who demonstrated has done more to “stroke the emotions of the young” than anything said by western officials or Barack Obama.

Mir Hossein Mousavi, who most probably won the presidential election, continues to defy the Ayatollah and his henchmen in the government. The attacks on Iranian employees at the British Embassy most probably stem from the decision of BBC to launch a Persian TV program which offers accurate news for the people of Iran as to what is going on inside their nation.

Khamenei Denies Recount And Ends His Power!

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw his support to the obvious fraudulent presidential triumph of President Ahmadinejad, and in so doing may well have ushered in the end of clerical power in Iran. During the past few years, Ahmadinejad has slowly but surely replaced clerics in government with members of the military as he works to redesign the Iranian government into a full fledged dictatorship. Khamenei argued: “If the difference was 100,000 or 500,000 or 1 million, one might say a fraud could have happened. But how can one rig 11 million votes? Perhaps, the Ayatollah might check out “elections” in Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy, five million was easy to rig or even ten million. Khamenei has unleashed a monster who will devour the clerics and drive them from power. One day, the Ayatollah will regret his failure to support the people of Iran who demonstrated in favor of democracy.

The tragedy is the destruction of a potential democracy because some clerics feared the right of people to express their views. Khamenei can blame the United States or the UK for the street demonstrations, but President Obama has been very careful to avoid making provocative statements. Ahmadinejad may push the buttons until he pushes the one which results in retaliation, a retaliation which will damage the people of Iran.

Ahmadinejad Got 140% In Some Village Ballot Results!

The old Democratic political bosses like former Mayor Daley of Chicago are turning over in their graves at news of how Iranian political bosses really know how to get the votes in and in. They just don’t worry about having dead people vote, heck, they even vote for those yet to be born! The centrist Ayandeh website, which was neutral during the Iranian election, reports that in 26 provinces across the nation, participation figures for voters exceeded any norm known in history. The town of Kouhrang recorded a 132% turnout but Chadegan in Isfahan province only had 120%. Ayandeh’s source claims that in at least 200 polling stations in Iran, the participation rate was 95% or above which is a statistical impossibility due to the fact people die after registering to vote or are ill on election day.

These claims are impossible to verify but are consistent with statements made by former Iranian interior minister, Ali Akbart Mohtashamipour who said on Tuesday that 70 polling stations returned more completed ballots than the number of eligible voters. There are also reports that some polling stations ran out of ballots as early as 10:00 a.m. even though sent more than sufficient ballots for eligible voters.

The ball is in the court of supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Does he allow the farce or does he insist on a fair election?