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.