EYEWITNESS REPORT FROM IRAN
(Part II )
"When it comes to politics and its methods, theologians
are amongst the most benighted clique."
Abu Zeyd Abdol Rahman (Ibn Khaldun) - Historian (A.D.
Editor's Note: This is the concluding segment of a report
submitted to Focus on Iran by an Iranian living in Europe, after
his second trip to his homeland.
U.S. ECONOMIC SANCTIONS:
The first issue that needs to be pointed out here is that the
economic sanctions of U.S. against Iraq, Libya or others for that
matter is not comparable to the one imposed against Iran. This
is indeed contrary to the propaganda of the clerics' regime itself
and, even some of the naive members of its opposition. Objectively
speaking, the Iraqis and Libyans lived in a relative state of
welfare prior to the sanctions and their standard of living declined
tremendously only after the imposition of the sanctions. Nonetheless,
in the case of Islamic Republic, the issue became a pretext for
the mullahs to disguise their incompetence claiming that the foreigners
have once again planned to hinder the economic prosperity of Iran
at a time when Iran is no longer pre-occupied with the War against
Iraq. However, the people of [ran rightfully recognize that the
economic sanctions of U. S. were not imposed until several years
after the war, and it is the regime itself which has truly imposed
"an all out economic sanction" against the people by
either wasting it outside the country funding various terrorist
organizations or domestically pouring it in the bottomless pocket
of a close circle including its own lackeys and relatives. (In
Iran, everyone is aware of the fact that Ahmad Khomeini's wealth
outside the country, amounts to nearly $US 4 billion).
It is precisely the regime in Iran which has imposed an economic
sanction on its people by banning the import of powdered milk
as a luxury product, notwithstanding the notion that it is the
primary means of aid provided by OMS and other charity organizations
for developing countries. It is the mullahs' regime which prior
to the imposition of any sanctions, added the name of some 800
pharmaceutical products to the existing list of 300 drugs which
are not to be covered by the so-called social insurance. Many
of these products are essential in treating cancer and are quite
expensive. In short, it is the regime itself which has intensified
the sanctions against the Iranian people and thus the vile efforts
of Rafsanjani and his lackeys in laying the blame elsewhere_ ought
not surprise anyone.
CATEGORIZING THE RULING MULLAHS:
The boring passion-play of "moderate vs. radical" which
has been manipulated for years by a whole host of foreign politicians,
news media and even some naive Iranians, and at times has served
to disguise the commercial interests of some, specially the Europeans,
is becoming more insipid and baseless by the day. That is precisely
why this unfounded theory has recently received a face-lift, with
the ruling clerics now being categorized as the "modern right",
"traditional right", "leftist" and etc.
I must make it absolutely dear that if some foreign politicians
are in dire need of legitimizing their friendly relations with
the mullahs' regime so that they could continue the economic pillage
of Iran turning it into the world's largest trash bin of
European archaic products, the people of Iran on the other hand,
are quite aware of the fact that these mullahs are all of the
same nature. In Iran, I often heard the following analogy:
"...the behavior of the ruling clerics is quite similar to stray
wolves, when they are by themselves they tend to howl a lot and
nip at each other, however, once they notice an approaching individual, they would
not hesitate to attack him collectively... "
In the midst of all this, it ought to be pointed out that Rafsanjani's
lackeys work hard to spread the rumor that their "idol"
is still revered and supported in the Western circles. This falsehood
is even streched out to give the impression that a large portion
of the $20 million budget allocated by the U.S. congress, is funneled
directly to Rafsanjani so that he could in turn spend it for the
election campaign of his "moderate" supporters H
!Ironically, even Rafsanjani himself is unsure of such unswerving
levels of support and in fact many in Iran are of the belief that
the primary reason for Adeli's Ambassadorship to Canada was to
attend to Rafsanjani's investments outside of Iran, in essence
easing his flight to Canada after the much
expected, inevitable toppling of the regime.
Rafsanjani's supporters who, by various nomenclature such as
the technocrats, servants, well-wishers and re-builders, tend to
disguise their radical past, are none other than the members of
the "Islamic Association of U.S. & Canada" who grabbed
the reigns of power during the time of Bazargan and managed to
establish the "University branch of the Islamic Republic's
Party". Mr. Noorbakhsh, the current so-called "moderate"
head of the Central Bank, used to serve as the accountant for
the "Jahade Sazandegi - The Jihad for
Reconstruction" which was the Mecca for radical belligerent
forces, such as the Hezbollahis and the Basij.
Mr. Adeli, who used to wear his favorite khaki uniform in the
early days of the Revolution, was none other than the leader of
the Mlzbollahi and Basiji club-wielders, unleashed in the streets
by the "Islamic Republic Party". In short, those who
died in the bombing of the headquarters of the latter, were the
top-ranking members of the Party, and these so-called "moderate"
fellows of today, were the Party's next in charge. It is so horrific
that such characters have managed to become the "messengers
of moderation and modernity". It is so pitiful that here
and there, the likes of "Shoale Sa'adi", the well known
member of the Majles who frequents Paris in pursuit of the Doctorate
degree, would not hesitate to shamelessly characterize Rafsanjani
as the " Messiah of Iran"!!
Yesterday's President, Ali Khamenei, who was advocating the forgiveness
of Salman Rushdie and was "slapped on the mouth" by
Khomeyni, today is the most ardent supporter of the "death
fatwa" for the British author. The same Khamenei who was
in constant contention with his then Prime Minister, MIr-Hoseyn
Moosavi, opposing the latter's nationalization policies, today
is the most vehement opponent of privatization and economic moderation.
Ironically, the Rafsanjani of the yore, who as the head of the
Majlis, used to see eye to eye with Prime Minister Moosavi, today
has made a 180 degree flop in support of the free market economy.
Khoineehaa, as a fervent advocate of the "Line of the Imam"
theory and as the leader of the second Islamic Revolution, namely
the disgraceful act of invading the American Embassy and the imprisonment
of its staff, is apparently out of the circle of power, yet behind
the scene, he is among the most trusted advisors of Ali Akbar
It ought not surprise anyone if this soap-opera takes a totally
different twist after the propaganda agents of Seyyed Ali Khamenei,
who is referred to by Iranians as "Sey dah" (dab in
the Azari language stands for abnormal), namely, Fazal Kermani,
Mohammad Rohani, and Meshkeeni, succeed in their efforts in obtaining
him the so-called prestigious title of "Ayatollah" from
the religious centers of Qom.
The theory of "critical dialogue" glorified specially
by some Europeans, in the hopes of the emergence of a Gorbachov
look-alike in Iran, is nothing but a farce since, Iran's Nikita
Khrushchev, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, has long lost his teenage in
and as the Iranian saying goes: he has grown quite a beard
Regardless of which clerical group gains prominence in Iran,
they would still need to run the national affairs by resorting
to laws established centuries ago, laws in which any modernization,
evolution or for that matter any minor adjustment is deemed unswervingly
heretic and thus prohibited. To prevent further damage from this
sinister clique in Iran, the world community and specifically
the people of Iran are left with no choice other than the replacement
of this vile inhumane regime.
THE BASIJ & OTHER REPRESSIVE LEVERS OF THE REGIME:
Childish acts such as the "Ashoora Battalion", the "Karbala
Brigade" and the "20 million strong Army" and things
of this nature, realistically speaking, are nothing but hot air.
The overall standing of this regime inside the country is so unstable,
shaky and unpopular that is -hardly imaginable. After an accurate
research and probe in a city of 400,000, I reached the conclusion
that the regime has at best 40 Armed lackeys at hand and could
not mobilize more than 200 more to repress an uprising in a 24
hour period. Nevertheless, in every corner of the country, even
in the small remote villages, one would run into the familiar
placards stating the encampment of "Basij Station number...
". This is yet another deceptive ploy of the regime, since
every business who employs more than 5 people is obligated to
purchase such placards from the local municipality along with
its business license and is then instructed to post the former
on a visible site outside of its shop. The same applies to governmental
entities and other companies, however the plan is actually
void of any substance.
The entire Basiji force in Iran, which gathered for the first
time in the large Stadium outside of Tehran after quelling the
uprisings in Mashad, Arak and Shiraz in 1991-92, amounted to 100,000.
However, since a systematic appearance of this force entails a
more organized attribution ofranks and files, along with further
allocations of a regular reward system, elevating them to the
levels of a Judicial Law Enforcement entity, the program of mobilizing
them in a regular basis has not come to fruition. On the other
hand the regime fears that a more organized Basij force, might
end up in the same path of its Revolutionary Guards (RG), refraining
to a large degree, to act as a repressive arm of the regime, quelling
various uprisings. Namely, the RG in organizing itself into regiments
and battalions has acted more like the Army, the Police or the
Gendarmerie in distancing itself from upholding the so-called "goals
and values of the Revolution". It is for that very
reason that Mohsen Rezayi, the Commander of the RG, in a recent
speech, vehemently criticized any fin -their organizational plans
for the Basij and went on to characterize such a move as an act
which could result in the "total loss of momentum" for
While the regime tries to avoid any public gathering of the Basijis,
it announced a national maneuver by the latter on May 19th,
of 230,000 participants, under the pretext of "Nahye az Monkar
- Preventing ill-deeds". Therefore, the total number of the
Basijis, be it 100,000 or 230,000 considering the inaccurate data
propagated by the regime, still amounts to a mere 0.1 % to 0.3%
of the total population.
Another lever of repression utilized by the regime is a special
brigade called the "Tavvabin - The Penitents". The members
of this group are selected from the ex-Mojahedin, Communist Guerillas
and other factions who suffer either from the guilt of turning
in their own comrades or participating in their executions. In
reality, these "Tavvabin" are not siding with the regime,
rather they are merely sparing their own life, that of their families
and their belongings. They are of the belief that they could only
continue a peaceful life (relatively speaking) as long as the
clerical rule persists and are fearful of losing their security
once the current regime is no longer around.
This regime is facing a situation wherein some high ranking commanders
of its Army and even certain vital segments of its RG have officially
denounced and refrained from repressing the uprisings in Mashad
and Qazvin. This is at a time when the mullahs were toying with
a shameless plan to bombard the city of Qazvin in the like manner
that their comrade in arms, Hafez Assad massacred his opposition
in the city of Hama in 1982. During the last maneuvers in the
deserts north of Qom, the Air Force Commanders once again reiterated
their stance that their planes will not be participating in such
exercises and that their role is to safeguard the territorial
integrity of Iran. Therefore the repressive arm of the regime
is limited to a small brigade of "Tavvabin", an insignificant
portion of Law Enforcement units and finally the unorganized forces
of Hezbollah and the Basij.
THE RADIO STATIONS OUTSIDE OF IRAN:
The lack of any Iranian opposition radio station, has left this
field wide open for foreign radio stations to the expected one-sided
pursuit and reflection of the interests of their governments in
regards to the Islamic Republic. The French, German and British
radio stations continue to re-broadcast the so-called official
news of IRNA (Islamic Republic's News Agency) while occasionally
conducting harmless interviews filled with petty questions from
characters who tacitly portray their support for the current regime.
The level of these programs has declined so much that certain interviewees
are labeled in Iran as the "Regime's Submarine", implying
that they are a mere hewing of the mullahs in disguise. On the
other hand, "Radio Israel" and "Voice of America"
are posing more and more as anti-regime radios, increasing their
volume in a productive direction via effective interviews.
Nonetheless, people in Iran are still awaiting the formation
of a meaningful opposition which would fully utilize the current
radio waves to show them the various ways of resistance and struggle
against the regime, provide instructions in organizational tactics
in the hopes of a national uprising, and finally one that could
synchronize the local movements.
Many in Iran, after hearing the news of the powerful American
radio installations in Kuwait, were wondering why these facilities
are not offered to the Iranian opposition groups who support the
replacement of the current regime with a democratically elected
nationalist government. The latest stance of the U. S. and specially
that official, which has recently manifested itself in their radio
broadcasts, is causing both content and anxiety among the people
in Iran. They are concerned that in order to combat the Islamic
Republic's nuclear capabilities, a preemptive strike by the IAF
similar to the one canied out against the Iraqi Center for Nuclear
Research, might be in the plans, which will only serve the vile
schemes of the ruling clerics to mobilize the public against Israel
and dignify its unfounded minors that the U.S. and its Israeli
allies have been working on a grand conspiracy to disintegrate
Iran. This will also cause the opposition groups to reject any
moral or material support offered by the U. S. and specifically
Israel towards their struggle against the mullahs' regime. In
essence, an erroneous venture like bombarding Iran, will indeed
1 Ppcw mom water in the mullahs' milt' as the Iranian saying goes.
THE PEOPLE'S EXPECTATION FROM THE OPPOSITION - AN ANALYSIS:
A s mentioned before, the lack of an alternative, despite the
general debility of the regime, is the primary cause for the mullahs
miserable persistence albeit with a mere 5% support from the populace.
The satire of Obeyd-e Zakani, the Iranian writer and poet of 14th
century A .D. is quite relevant here:
"...a fellow, on his way to the warfront, was wielding his
sword clamoring aloud while trembling and ducking his head simultaneously
When he was asked why he weaseling, he quickly responded I want to
scare off my enemy. When questioned as to the reason behind his
trembling, he said I am quite frightened myself... ".
The formation of an alternative, namely a leadership to head
the struggle against the current regime is of essence. This leader
must be capable to attract the support of the people and western
nations in addition to having the common characteristics of a pacesetter.
Some who have lost their fighting spirit in Iran, along with those
who have fallen victim to the sophistry and propaganda of the regime,
are of the belief that certain western nations along with Israel
have un-admittable interests in Iran which forces them to tacitly
throw their support behind the clerics. Despite the theory's general
fallacy, it is unfortunately quite valid in the case of some European
countries. Once such obstacles are removed, the people will participate
with more eagerness and hope resulting a more effective and massive
opposition. The fall of the Iron curtain, the plight of Ceausescu,
and the changes in South Africa, have convinced a large segment
of Iranians that they could only trust a leader whom aside from
the common leadership characteristics, enjoys the moral and material
support of the western nations, specifically the U. S.
It must be pointed out here that if the opposition figures inside
the country could not assume the role of leadership, based on their
very own confession in private circles, is simply due to the ruthless
measures exercised by the regime in controlling their activity
and that of their known clique of friends. On the other hand labeling
them as mere lackeys of the regime and belittling their courage
and self-sacrifice is far from any compassionate or rational point
of view. Furthermore, a review of this century's struggles and
revolutions will shed fight on the notion that the opposition
to autocratic, totalitarian regimes, often has found its leadership
roots in the expatriates of that country.
WHAT THREATENS IRAN TODAY AND TOMORROW:
The threats are numerous, however the primary ones are the treacherous
ideology of the mullahs, namely their anti-nationalist view towards
Iran and their benighted indifference regarding the territorial
integrity of Iran. The consequences of such shortsighted views
could be none other than civil war akin to the ones responsible
for destroying Afghanistan or Lebanon. Time is indeed quite limited
for all the patriotic well-wishers of Iran.