Monday, July 6, 2009

Islamic Republic: Two Words Which Do Not Tell the Story

Khamanei’s Friday 19 June speech, and now the takeover of the security apparatus of the state by IRGC make it official: the “Republic” part of the Islamic Republic is no more. Even the loyal opposition is not tolerated. We have a new militarized regime.

Majma-eyeh Modaressin’s declaration that the new Ahmadinejad government is illegitimate, takes away the “Islamic” part as well. The senior religious body which was instrumental in bringing Ayatollah Khomeini to power and establishing the Islamic Republic does not accept the legitimacy of this government.

Islamic Republic; two words that do not tell the story of the current government in Iran.

Instead, we are moving toward a Bathist-type dictatorship backed by the military, a dime-a-dozen variety you can find all over the Middle East.


Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure that the Islamic part is no more. But to be fair, in times of crisis it is not a bad idea to have a strong central government, or a military government when there is a military threat. Let's face it, Iran has been in war, or imminent threat of war for the past 30 years. Look what happened in America after 911 terrorist attacks by a rag tag group of terrorists. Iran has been in a much more dangerous situation for the past 30 years, and her enemies have been far more sophisticated and powerful than Alqaeda. It makes sense for Iran to be the way it is. You are being unfair to compare it to Bathists, or call it dime a dozen. You also have unrealistic expectations about what Iran can be like. Iranians in 1979 demanded an independent country, free from foreign domination. That comes at a price. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Nader Uskowi said...

Thanks for your comments. I do not believe it makes sense for Iran to be the way it has become. Iranians in 1979 did not just demand an independent country; they also wanted the shah to go to create a democratic society.

I personally did not go to shah’s prison to help create a military government in 21th century. Khamenei and the current rulers are dead wrong. What the country needs is more openness in order to advance and progress, not military government. Those military governments indeed come dime-a dozen.

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Ali said...

Dear Anonymous,
I have read your comments on recent happenings in Iran before they were removed.
I think you should't be afraid of revealing your identitiy instead you'd better be boast of it and keep your head up as you will be given a good reward! you are supporting a regime which calls his own people "brushwood" as you did with words like "weird haired youth" if I remember verbatime!
Let me tell you how you look in my mind! A supporter of repressive regimes as China and North korea whome you support because they are taking revenge on the US for collapse of the USSR. you don't have any regards for the poor people dying beneath their iron fist!!!!

Nader Uskowi said...


Thanks for the post.

FYI: We rarely remove any comments, no matter their contents and view points. We have removed a total of 4 comments in more than two years we have started this blog. In all cases, either the language used was deemed offensive, or like this anonymous commenter the regime cronies were misusing the space here to write essays insulting the people of Iran and those who have lost their lives in recent days protesting a rigged election. (I also wanted to give the anonymous a taste of his own medicine, how it feels to be “removed.”)