Observing Iran – inside out


To the Green Movements Opponents!

For years I have been observing how some Iranians dismisses all internal opposition towards the Iranian regime as fake or ‘conspiracy’. They claim that any dissident that once been part of the establishment or supported the revolution can’t be considered as ‘real opposition’. I can’t estimate how many these people are but they are a minority, although a minority that indirectly is advocating the regimes objectives.

Most of these people are actually exile Iranians, who claim that only they are real opposition and anyone with former past within the Islamic Republic are just pursuing a suspicious agenda. Similar to the Iranian regime who claims that any internal opposition is working with foreign states.

Over the years claims was directed towards people like: Akbar Ganji, Heshmat Tabarzadi, Mohsen Sazegara, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ayatollah Montazeri, Ali Afshari and many more that they would be  regimes agents. Well the regime also claims they belong to foreign spy agencies…Today the claims are that Mousavi, Karroubi, Khatami or Abdollah Nouri and many more are “the insiders opposition”. These people are so far away from the realities of todays Iran, when are you going to grow intellectually and see that you are doing the Iranian regime the biggest favour possible. Hurting the credibility of any dissent from their previous governmental ranks.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. – Thomas Paine

Do you think that the opposition voices from Los Angeles or Paris is hurting the regime? No, it doesn’t really..but the voices from Tehran, Qom or Isfahan does. When figures from the regime distance themselves from the leaders and oppose them or reveal its inner secrets, that hurts. Instead of encouraging current officials to distance themselves, you discourage such actions.

Welcome all regime officials, who leaves their posts or criticizes the regime. Welcome internal critics and embrace such behaviour. Fight for their voices to be heard and taken seriousness. In Iran there is impossible to critics the leaders directly, so the language has to be  indirect and in a balanced tone. When will you accept that people can change their minds, when will you welcome that you don’t have monopoly on opposition views as no leader in Iran has monopoly on power.

Iran is facing its darkest days ever if you don’t unite to fight against the most brutal repressive forces. In Iran people are embracing security forces when they manage to overrun them, the same guy that was beating them 5 min earlier. Why can’t you learn from your fellow compatriots inside the country.

Today all Iranians should support anyone that takes a stance against the regime. Support your fellow compatriots right to raise his or her views. Only then can you call yourself a democrat! Iranians are being killed and Iranians need to come in defence of their compatriots, no matter what political affiliations they have

Must See: the clip were Ali-Reza Nourizadeh answers Shahram Homayoun on Channel One



Former insiders turning dissidents
April 14, 2010, 12:15 pm
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There is a mixed feelings among mostly exiled Iranians regarding dissidents which have been part of the Islamic Republic establishment. There are many such famous dissidents, and becoming more and more by the week.

People such as Akbar Ganji, Mohsen Sazgara, RIP Ayatollah Montazeri, Ibrahim Yazdi, Abolhassan Banisadr, Mohsen Kadivar, Abbas Abdi, Atollah Mohajerani and so on…

Iranian diaspora see them with suspicious eyes, and the main reason is that they feel that are partial guilty for the situation they are in at the moment. Going back to trace people who has committed mistakes and been partially involved in the construction of the Islamic Republic as we know of it today, most Iranians are guilty one way or the other.

How many can truthfully say that they didn’t support the movements that created the mess in Iran. The question is, what are they doing to repay for their mistakes?

And more important, the main goal of the green movement is to create a Iran for all Iranians. The road to the society goes through offering everyone to join the green movement and work towards a free Iran. Nobody has the right to seclud individual from political activity, because of their previous beliefs. What makes you different from the Guardian Council or the Supreme Leader then?

Never corner your opponents, offer them a path out. As a democratic Iran will shape, there will be courts to judge individual crimes against humanity and human rights. The importance lays in the truth, let the truth come out and let’s look forward together as brothers and sister of a nation.

Here is a video about  Akbar Ganji, one of the dissident’s mentioned above who was awarded Milton Friedman Liberty Prize