I confess, I am a mohareb(enemy of God) because if those who claim to represent God in the current situation in Iran have any support from the Almighty, it would be mighty hard to continue believing in the Supreme Being. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who supposedly is a religious leader of his nation, warned those who oppose the Iranian government they are now considered “enemies of God” and they deserve to be executed. Naturally, they would be executed by friends of God who believe expressing love of other humans is a punishable offense. Many members of the opposition including defeated presidential candidate, Mehdi Karroubi were warned to stay off the streets and the government made clear it could not guarantee the safety of any opponent who left his house.
Mohamadreza, head of the thug group known as the Basiji termed those on the streets to be “traitors” and we all know what happens to someone who is a traitor. He made clear that “designers of the unrest will soon pay the cost of their insolence.” To top off the stupidity of Iranian leaders, its foreign minister, Mottaki told the British government if it does not halt its organization of protests in his nation it “will receive a punch on the mouth.”
The Iranian government has lost control of the situation and become desperate fearing riots will escalate into violence against the government. They are all too familiar with the incidents that led to the overthrow of the Shah. Unfortunately, those who believe in the people of Iran realize there is not much we can do other than write of our support.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei once again sent mixed signals concerning what he supports in his nation. He warned those opposing reform and supporting the Ahmadinejad government to avoid making false accusations against their opponents. “We do not have a right to oppose without proof” he told the nation. He emphasized that accusing people in the media was not in accordance with law and should be avoided. Khamenei is attempting to cast himself as apart from those who support President Ahmadinejad and are willing to use violence to crush all who oppose their president’s behavior.
The good news is that Khamenei is urging restraint against political opponents. The bad news is his refusal to admit that Ahmadinejad has violated the law by abusing prisoners. Until he is willing to make such statements, reformers will not have much respect for him.
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.