A problem for cleric fanatics when placed in charge of a government is their inability to conceive of anything other than punishment of dissent. Even after over a million people flocked to express their sorrow over the death of Grant Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the government’s only response was to ban all attempts to remember those who have fought and died in the struggle for human rights in Iran. In another sign of stupidity, the Iran government sentenced former official Abdullah Ramezanzadeh to six years in prison for “acts against national security.” His trial was a farce and most probably others who dared to challenge the election of President Ahmadinejad will spend some years in a prison cell.
A few days ago, fifty mourners in a mosque were arrested because they had come to pay their respects for Montazeri. The cleric Ayatollah Jalaeddin Taheri was detained for organizing a memorial to the fallen Ayatollah. If this keeps up there soon will be enough clerics in jail to fill a mosque.