Monday, May 16, 2011

Mr Khatami, you are not the Iranian people's speaker!

Mohammad Khatami, former Iranian president, has suggested a reconciliation between the leader camp and his killing-machine and the people! I was wondering whose people he was referring to. Because if it was the people of Iran; he has no right to speak on their behalf and/or their demands.

Referring to the post-presidential-election clashes between the leader's killing-machine and the people over two years ago, he suggested the both sides to disregard what has happened and reconcile their differences. What Mr. Khatami, as an individual, was suggesting is in fact to ignore all crimes committed against the people. Crimes such as rapes; extra-judicial killing; medieval tortures; arbitrary arrests; and/or mass graves in which perhaps hundreds, if not thousands, of the best children of this country have been buried unknown. Those crimes are not fully identifiable until such time that they being investigated by international bodies. Mr. Khatami was somehow too generous to individually spending from the pockets of thousands of Iranian families who have lost their loved ones in the hands of criminal gangs--organized at the highest level of the Islamic Republic political and military apparatuses. 

Mr Khatami must remember that he is an individual who is entitled to his opinion. However, he has no right to speak on behalf of the people of Iran and their demands; particularly not those who have paid the ultimate price!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Does It Matter?

After almost two weeks that the Islamic Republic's political-ship encounters stormy weather, it seems that president Ahmadi Nejad has backed down from his challenge to the leader's authority. But the question is; does it really matter?

Ahmadi Nejad may now sit beside his sacked Intelligence Minister, Mr. Moslehi, at his Cabinet meetings, but the leader's authority has already been dented in an unprecedented way. Except Messrs. Mosavi and Karobei, the presidential candidates in the last election, challenging the leader's verdict over any matter, both domestic or internationally, in the Islamic Republic used to be a 'No Go Zone'. However, we are now more often witnessing one. This very last time was in fact the second time in the last few years that president Ahmadi Nejad has done it. First time was when the leader signaled his wish to see the president's current, at the time Vice-President, Chief of Staff, Mr. Rahim Mashaeei, departure. President Ahmadi Nejad moved him into his office with greater prerogatives. That was seen by many as a direct challenge to the leader.

This time around was even bigger and noisier challenge. I wrote about it on this space.

President Ahmadi Nejad refused to accept the leader's verdict by not attending his duties for almost 10 days. He had even, after resuming his duties, asked the minister, in his first few meetings, to leave the Cabinet room. There were rumors that he has suggested that "following a leader does not mean that one has to give up his constitutional authorities as president"! If that is true, which seems to be, at the face value of violent verbal attacks he received from the leader's camp; it would be a big and new development inside the Conservative Islamic Republic. The Supreme Leader authority has more and more been questioned and undermined; his myth is being faded.

Notwithstanding of the president Ahmadi Nejad's back-down against the leader temporarily; the wheel for the removing of such figurehead is in motion now. And despite his thugs best attempts to save his face and authority; he is now a badly cracked-leader. People can now see how weak and feeble this poor-man is. In the hindsight Iranian people have shown it before on streets of the Iranian cities. They had damaged the image of this fragile leader after the election-coup two years ago. They brought down his posters marched over and burned them. In some cases-I heard-they even pissed over his images. A poor old-man at the end of his despotic road.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

So that was it!

Iran's leader has been spying on president Ahmadi Nejad for a while, reported by TheEconomist. Ali Khamenei has apparently used Mr. Heydar Moslehi, the Intelligence Minister, to bug the president's office. An outraged president then sacks his minister. The rest I wrote about down here.

I am now more concerned about the reason behind the move, spying on someone whom the leader went to a great extent to rig an election and put him into office. The first indication is that the main target had been Mr. Mashaei, the president's Chief of Staff who has been a controversial figure for quite sometimes now. He has been associated with a new idea of an Iranian Islamic-Culture, say an Iranian version of Islam, as opposed to an Arabic Islamic-Culture.

Traditional Iranian clerics have responded fiercely to such idea and understandably so. They see the idea a great danger to their religious authority; social status; political power; economic power; and above all their relevance to the new Iranian society. For them the killing and burial of the idea is a battle of 'to be or not to be'.

That was perhaps--I am pretty sure it was--behind the move by the leader over a year ago to order Mr. Mashaei's removal as the Vice-President. However, as a defiance, president Ahmadi Nejad kept Mr. Mashei close by moving him into his office. That was the first sign of unprecedented challenge to the leader.

This time around, however, over the bugging issue and the Ahmadi Nejad's refusal to comply with the leader decision of reinstating the Intelligence Minister, was a decisive moment for both the traditional clerics and the leader in one side and the president and his camp on the other. While the leader's side is attacking the president's camp at full-stem; perhaps for president Ahmadi Nejad and his supporters a contemplation of a remarkable opportunity they have is a must.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Genuine Or Bogus Fight?

Two years after Iran's election-coup which landed president Ahmadi Nejad in office, a new political conflict emerges in Iran, this time; between president Ahmadi Nejad and his most powerful backer so far, Ali Khamenei, the so-called Supreme Leader.

The conflict came to light over a week ago when president Ahmadi Nejad pushed his Information-Intelligence minister, perceived to be the Ali Khamenei's man, the leader, to resign. Ali Khamenei, only hours after the acceptance of the minister's resignation by the president; reinstated the minister unconstitutionally. A humiliated and publicly embarrassed president has then refused to attend the Cabinet meetings for more than a week now. He has even refused to go to his office and stayed at home for the past week or so. Furthermore he is said to have threatened to speaking-out about the affair and appeal to the public. This suggestion has, however, angered the leader's supporters, thugs, and instigated some nasty attacks on the president and his supporters from the leader's camp, mostly loudmouthed thugs, including the conservatives MPs. Because there is no such thing as an independent parliament or MPs in the Islamic Republic. The MPs went on and threaten to impeach the president over the matter.

However, president Ahmadi Nejad "has done nothing wrong", said himself. He has been constitutionally conferred with the power to appoint, subject to the parliament approval, and/or remove his cabinet ministers. Ali Khameni has gone far beyond his constitutional powers to publicly spurn the president. But then again in the Islamic Republic of Iran; law, whether it be the constitutional or any other law, and its application has no meaning whatsoever.

There is no such thing as the independent branches of government. The country is being run by a bunch of buddies headed by the leader and his pressure groups, mostly thugs. This recent event in hand is a perfect example of an independent executive branch where the president has no real power over his cabinet. And when president Ahmadi Nejad stayed home for over a week, as a way of protesting and defending his constitutional power; the leader unleashed his thugs using the most vulgar language to threaten him to death.  

The so-called legislature's response to threaten, with just a telephone call from the leader's office, the president was yet another example of another branch of government being a puppet legislature. This was not however a surprise at all. Right after the disputed presidential election two years ago, the house's speaker, Ali Larijani, was under attacks from the leader's pressure group; he then called the house, the "Ali Khamenei's Parliament"!

What about the judiciary? Come on! That is a joke! We remember the extra judicial killings. We remember the arbitrary arrests; and the medieval tortures and rape used as political tools to break the resilient protesters. We remember the Political Show-Trials during and after the disputed presidential election. We remember the political prisoners' wives, children, fathers, mothers and the relatives being kidnapped and kept hostage just to silent their loved ones. Here again, like the Legislature, the leader's thugs running the show! That judiciary must be burnt down and rebuild from the scratch.

The only questions remain unanswered are that: is this conflict for real? Is there any attempt by president Ahmadi Nejad to undermine the leader? His reluctance to accept the leader's verdict could certainly be interpreted as such. And this was not the first time either. He has, despite the leader's opposition, kept his current Chief of Staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaeei, before. That was interpreted as a defiance of the leader's wish at the time. 

What we see unfolding in Iran as a power struggle between the leader and the president has in fact a bigger and deeper element at its core. That is what the leader's camp has claimed to be a revolution against the Mullas' dominating political authority, orchestrated by Mr. Mashaei, the president's Chief of Staff, and his associates. Now regardless of who is the winner of this recent wrestling match between president Ahmadi Nejad and the leader; I would like to see a cocktail of future matches with the political cyclone currently passing through the Africa-Middle East regions. It gets us all drunk with a lovely feeling! Trust me.