By Ali Asghar Kimiai
Commentary to Fath daily
Monday February 14, 2000
Now at the threshold of the elections of the 6th Majlis, we will
review the promotional mottos of some major groups to see what they
have stressed upon.
- The Moderation and Development Party, is promoting political
moderation, sustainable development and social justice, national
strength and coexistence.
- The Islamic Participation Part: morality, justice and freedom.
- Kargozaran-e Sazandegi (Executives of Construction): security,
welfare and freedom.
- Islamic Solidarity Party: reforms, freedom, and social welfare.
- The Coalition of the Line of Imam and Supreme Leader: underrating,
solving people's problems.
- The Islamic League of Women: reviving women's rights, freedom
of thought and social justice.
- The Society of the Sacrificial Ones of the Islamic Republic: security,
justice, economic flourishing.
- The Islamic Civilization Party: all-out development, defending the
values, dynamic management and national livelihood.
- Chekad-e Azadandishan (Summit of freethinkers): freedom, justice,
security, and development.
A review of the above mottos yields the following results:
A. Two decades after the Revolution, promotional mottos have
undergone fundamental and drastic changes. In the early years after
the revolution, the mottos were about ideology, Islam, defending the
deprived, opposing the arrogant ones, and exporting the revolution,
etc. But the present mottos are freedom, justice, development,
welfare, understanding and solving people's problems.
B. The above groups and factions can be divided into three major trends:
At present, the flag-carriers of these three political and
intellectual trends before the 6th Majlis elections are, the Coalition
of the Line of Imam and Supreme Leader, the Participation Party and
the Kargozaran respectively. Other groups are affiliated branches of
these three main groups, the mottos of whish are respectively:
"morality, justice and freedom", "security, welfare", "understanding
and solving people's problems". As we see, there is no talk of
ideology or Islam, but of freedom, welfare, justice and understanding
among these mottos. The other mottos of affiliated groups also
concerns solving people's problems, freedom, justice and development.
- Rightist and conservative
- Leftist and reformist
- Moderate and intermediate
C. A study of the above mottos, the answer will be given to questions
such as "what do people want?", "which group do they support?", "what
is their opinion?" The greatest emphasis in the mottos is put on
freedom and justice; therefore the faction that suppresses freedom in
the name religion is in fact abusing the word "people". Also, the
Coalition of the Line of Imam and Supreme Leader is the fruit of a
coalition between of the right faction and the conservatives, both
claiming to be supporters of values and ideals; but as seen in their
motto, there is no talk of ideology or Islamism. Their motto is
"understanding and solving people's problems". Does the right
conservative faction truly believe in freedom, or has it succumbed to
Let us not forget that the existing facts are unstoppable. They have
so far imposed themselves to a certain extent, but tomorrow they may
conquer more sensitive positions. In such a case, will you still
succumb to the reality?