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2/18/03

Time for reformists to reflect, revise their policies: daily

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA -- `Iran Daily' on Tuesday stressed that it is time the once popular advocates of amelioration in the country reflect upon their deeds and come up with some new workable polices to deliver the goods, boost the flagging morale of society and create an equilibrium between what they say and do.

The reform movement, which came into being in 1997 in the aftermath of President Khatami's first landslide victory, forged an understanding and harmony between the middle-class and the advocates of change, contended the English-language daily in its Perspective column.

But, as the road began to get tough and the conservatives began to pressure reformist rivals with a clear goal to dislodge them from the scene, the harmony that once prevailed between the middle-class and the reformers began to gradually fade away and fizzle out, it pointed out.

Many factors contributed to the ensuing situation, but the fact that the people's demands have yet to be addressed by the advocates of reform is one of the main reasons why the chasm between the normally influential middle-class and the reform camps has widened, it said.

"The mounting conservative pressure exerted on the vanguards of the reform movement and their patrons does not help improve the situation," it regretted.

With the rightest challenge, frustration and disappointment of the masses, it said there was an urgent need to seek harmony between the demands of the public and of those "systemically challenging the reform agenda," it advised.

Failure to do so "will further delay the process of change and improvement and make it more distant and costly," it said.

The need of the hour is to adopt new, workable and less controversial plans to help put the process of change on track once again, it added.

A balance between public demand and the reformer's road map will make "radical conservatives think twice before subjecting their political rivals to unhelpful and unwanted pressures, as is the obvious case at this juncture," it stressed.

It urged the people to be patient and to "learn to adjust their expectations to ground realities" so as to be within reach of the embattled reform lobby.

"This way new blood will be injected into the frail reform movement which is long in need of reflection and overhaul," it said.

However, should the reformers fail to meet public demand to a reasonable extent, the daily cautioned, "they will never be able to move forward and underwrite their ideals and programs."

This is a challenge which does not bode well for both in power and the ruling establishment, it warned.

Reformers would do well to "revise their theories and come up with some new workable policies to rescue the people from their problems, boost their flagging morale and put their words into action," advised the daily.

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