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Iran Uncovers Terrorist Plot

The Iranian government once again has thwarted attempts by Mossad and other Israel agencies to forment revolution in their nation. A scheduled concert in the city of Tabiz has been cancelled after it was discovered that two women were in the music group. Iranian law only allows women to be in a musical group if the audience is for women or the woman is singing solo. Undoubtedly, God is on the look out for evidence of sloth and lack of belief in his words of wisdom. The government agency which cancelled the concert also made note the concert was sold out which meant there could be a riot and hundreds might die or get injured. It is wonderful having a government which constantly is on the watch for ways in which it could assist people.

First, we allow women to play a musical instrument in a band, next the woman is directing the band, and eventually only women are in the band and men must do the cooking and cleaning.

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.

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.

Patience Instead Of Violence Urged On Israel

The rush to judgment on the part of the Netanyahu government reminds those who have studied American-Soviet relations of Americans who wanted to drop atomic bombs on the enemy because unless the US acted immediately, evil would triumph. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent TV interview, urged the Israel government to halt its head-long determination for a finality with Iran. She termed Israel’s Iran policy “futile” and that it would only result in disaster for both nations. “We have negotiated with many governments who we did not believe represented the will of their people. Look at all the negotiations that went on with the Soviet Union. That’s what you get to do in diplomacy. You don’t get to choose the people. It required fifty years of negotiation with the Soviet Union before democracy and peace came to that nation.

Recent events in Iran indicate a significant portion of its population seek peace and democracy. The future of Iran is still unknown, but one thing is for certain, an Israel air attack on Iran would unite the nation behind the current rulers and kill any hope for democracy in that nation for twenty years. Sometimes, the race actually goes to the turtle rather than the hare.

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.

Iranian Cleric Rift Becomes Open

Thousands of Iranians who believed their votes had been stolen by President Ahmadinejad in the recent election crowded the streets to hear the voice of cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who was delivering a Friday prayer service. Shouts of “freedom freedom” echoed in the air even as police and the dreaded Basiji thugs patrolled the streets or hurled tear gas as those shouting for freedom. In his sermon which was broadcast nationally Rafsanjani reprimanded the clerical leadership for failing to ensure there was a fair election and also for their brutal attacks on innocent Iranians who simply wanted democracy to be practiced. “Doubt has been created” about the election, he said. “There is a large portion of the wise people who say they have doubts. We need to take action to remove this doubt.”

At the core of what Rafsanjani said was “where people are not present or their vote is not considered, that government is not Islamic.” He called upon the Guardian Council to seize an “opportunity to unite the people and regain their trust.” It is still unclear as to the meaning of the speech. There is no question it represents a challenge to Ayatollah Khamenei and his side kick, Ahmadinejad. There is no doubt only someone of the stature of Rafsanjani could get away with such words. Will the words fall on deaf ears or will there be an intelligent response?

Iranian Deaths May Range In Hundreds!

The official Iranian government position is about twenty people died during post election riots, but new evidence suggests this figure is grossly underestimated. Aaron Rhodes of the International Campaign for Human Rights argues, “it is hard to put a figure on it (dead) because most of the families involved are scared to talk.” On June 30, 2009, the Ahmadinejad government stated there were only 20 dead people, but that same day, hospitals listed 34 dead from the riots. Parvin Fahimi of Mothers for Peace says she was summoned to a Revolutionary Court session where she was shown the pictures of about 50-60 dead people, but was unable to identify her own child in the group. Another Iranian woman claims she was searching for her son at a hospital and someone opened a door in which there were dozens of dead people.

No historian can use this data to decide how many died in post election riots. It appears government figures are not accurate, but at this point we can not state for certain whether twenty or hundreds died. The accurate figure eventually will emerge.

Haishemi Rafsanjani, who in the past was a hard liner, but today is supporting Mousavi, is expected to preach tonight and may make statements that will anger Ahmadinejad. It is rumored thugs will attempt to hinder his speech. What is now clear is the presence of division within the ranks of Iranian clerics.

Mousavi Stirs Pot Of Dissent In Iran

Forces of opposition to the government of President Ahmadinejad refuse to go away in quiet, but continue demonstrating and organizing in ways that have not been seen for years in Iran. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is planning to unveil a new political group which will continue the protest campaign until either they are forcibly shut down or changes made in the electoral process. According to Mousavi aide, Alireza Beheshti, “the establishment of this front is on Mir Hossein Mousavi’s agenda and we will soon announce its establishment.” The group most probably will focus on defending the rights of citizens to speak and protest against what millions believe was a stolen election. Ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quotes as saying in a newspaper article that “the elite and academics voted for Mousavi and they can help Mousavi in establishing such a front.”

One wonders if Aytatollah Khamenei and Ahmadindejad misread the situation in the country. They probably did not forsee that Mousavi and hundreds of thousands would take to the streets and refuse to cease expressing their ideas. Mousavi continues to visit the families of those who died which undoubtedly keeps his name in the public eye and links him to those who have grown weary of Ahmadinejad.

Failure on the part of the government to arrest Mousavi weeks ago suggests there is debate within government and clerical circles on how to proceed.