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Reformers seek to heal wounds of backsliders, says daily

Tehran, Feb 17, IRNA -- The reason why the main reformist front has not nominated any former Tehran councilor to its electoral list for the upcoming local council elections is that it is taking stock of who are the true and false defenders of democratic reform without necessarily impeding the reform movement, `Iran Daily' suggested on Monday.

Reformist groups have decided they need to heal their deep wounds "by not refusing to back those who dealt a blow on the process of change and amelioration," it said.

The impression the reformers are giving is that they will not hesitate to criticize those in their own ranks and are willing to bend to accommodate errants for the sake of saving the reform movement and putting it back on track, the daily believes.

The embarrassment caused by those who made the Tehran City Council a venue for "personal wheeling and dealing" has been eased by their apologetic informing of the public that they were indeed misled into accepting them as advocates of reform when in reality they were not, it pointed out.

Such people who are more interested in personal gain and advancement rather than the general good will always be around, and it is for this reason that societies should not be carried away by the "tyranny of the majority."

"This trend is indeed a more serious threat to the reform movement as a whole than the schemes and maneuvers of the powerful opponents of change in this country," highlighted the daily.

There are people who are certain they can handle those who blatantly denounce reforms and who try to discredit the pioneers of change, it wrote.

What stands as a hindrance to achieving their goals is their inability to make a clear distinction between those demagogues in reformist guise and those who put the process of amelioration under a big question mark, suggested the article.

Under those circumstances, the least the reformist current can do is to reconsider its "earlier support for some former councilors in the new round," it said.

The lesson to be learned is that no movement can forever be confident of the good intentions of its members or supporters as to be unquestionably supportive of their words and deeds.

It may be worth reminding here that even the man on the street knows which politician has plans, programs and a clean record and will be quick to denounce personalities or attrative slogans when he exercises the power of the ballot, the daily concluded.

... Payvand News - 2/17/03 ... --

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