By Fariba Amini
What he did not envision was that in 2009 he would be responsible for an election gone wrong and the massive unrest and protest that followed. The question of whether this past election was rigged or not is not even a crucial issue anymore, though many of regime's apologists still argue that it was a genuine and open contest. An Iranian academic from Tehran University went on CNN and argued with an angry Fareed Zakaria that in fact it was Mousavi and his supporters who caused the uproar and that they are the ones responsible for the death and bloodshed that followed.
The Islamic regime has denied any wrong-doing for nearly 30 years. They are never responsible for any form of cruelty or for their bloody 30-year rule. It did not start a few months ago. It began with the mass killings in Evin prison in 1988 and it continued with the kidnapping and subsequent killing of national figures and poets and writers. Many of the regime's opponents were gunned down in major European cities. Shapur Bakhtiar, Iran's first Prime Minister after the revolution, was stabbed to death in his home in Paris. Leaders of the Kurdish movement were shot to death by Lebanese and Iranian militia in café Mykonos in Berlin as well as in Vienna. Arrest, torture, interrogation have been the hallmarks of a regime that has used intimidation and harassment on Iranian citizens as well as on Iranian-Americans who have gone to Iran for various reasons. As a matter of common practice, everyone is immediately branded as a spy or working against Iran's national security by participating in a so-called velvet revolution. Even Grand Ayatollah Montazeri's grandchildren were not immune. Nor is the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Hassan Khomeini, who has been threatened with arrest.
When the closest associates of former President Khatami were subjected to show trials, it reminded us of another show trial in the early days of the revolution, when Abbas Amir Entezam, deputy minister in the Provisional government of Mehdi Bazargan, was tried and given a hefty sentence for talking with the Americans . In fact both the arrest of Amir Entezam and the taking of the US Embassy in Tehran were part of a coup by the hardliners against Bazargan's moderate government. Charged with spying for the Americans, Mr. Amir Entezam spent nearly 27 years in and out of the infamous Evin Prison. To this day, he has defied and denied these charges. Frail and in poor health and under virtual house arrest, he has been threatened that if he speaks out, he will end up in Evin again.
The regime has always blamed the US and Israel for various plots against its existence. The fact is that Iran's northern neighbor is much more of a culprit these days. Russia knows the methods, its leaders have used it extensively, and we know that they have good relations with Iran. It is now clear that many Bassijis were trained in Russia and even in North Korea.
A harsh critic of the regime, and a cleric himself, Mr. Mohsen Kadviar, now a visiting scholar at Duke University, gave a rousing speech in California on the 40-day anniversary of the post-election killings. He asked "Can Iran's leader live with the fact that he is the sole cause of the death of so many young people?" The answer unfortunately is affirmative.
Surely, whether prolonged by real votes or rigged ones, Ahmadi Nejad's presidency is now stained with the blood of Iran's children. It won't be a dignified and honorable presidency, I assure you. Already, there is trouble in New York for him. Many invited guests of the official dinner with the President have declined the honor, even the Quakers. Many UN countries' representatives will be boycotting the assembly while he speaks, and thousands of Iranians from all over America will be there to greet a man who became a dictator and loved it. They will tell him, loudly and clearly, what they think of him. He will not be able to deny their presence or will he?
... Payvand News - 09/23/09 ... --