Iran Imprisons Intellectuals

The Iranian government continues holding in prison prominent social scientists like Klau Tajbakhish who played a prominent role in assisting Iran in rebuilding after earthquakes in 2003. He was also asked by the same government which now has him in prison to conduct a three year study of urban affairs. The imprisonment of such people indicates there is division within the Iranian government regarding future developments regarding basic freedoms. Why would a government hire a social scientist to develop plans and then put him in prison as a spy for America and Israel? This makes no sense and suggests there are hidden factors such as differences between hard liners and those seeking some reform.

Bush does not help reformers by continually attacking the Iranian government. Such rhetoric plays into the hands of more totalitarian members of the clergy and government.