Zahara Rahnavard, wife of Iranian reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, told the UK Guardian that Iranian reformers are not dead nor do they fear the government of President Ahmadinejad whose “Tiananamen-style” attack attempted to crush the opposition. “This movement started with the simple question: where is my vote? But because the response was violence and repression from the ruling regime” it has led to even more fundamental issues such as what has happened to the dream of 1979 when the Shah was overthrown and expectations were for a democratic society. She warned the West not to expect success with an emphasis on sanctions to topple the Ahmadinejad government. “The Iranian government is rich with oil money and money is at its disposal. Sanctions would not affect such a government.” She also made clear reformers are not seeking any assistance from the West because they want “to stand on its own” two feet.
Beatings, assaults, arrests are part of the Ahmadinejad approach to maintain power. “We’ve learned how to work in the time of dictatorship and repression and how to struggle for our goals… We write our own statements, type them ourselves and send them to people all over the world and we try hard gto keep our dialogue without own people alive.” The cause of freedom lives on in Iran, hopefully some day such feelings will be common in Afghanistan.