Sunday, August 16, 2009

Iran Struggle Continues Out of Spotlight

Despite Iran's failure to make Obama's politically fashionable list, things are far from quiet in that nation of 66 million people. According to the DEBKA intelligence site, The Ahmadinejad regime is ready to put Mir Hussein Mousavi as well as other leaders of Iran's political opposition on trial for sedition. DEBKA reports as follows.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hard-line supporters are calling for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to be tried for sedition after he announced Saturday, Aug. 15, the formation of The Green Path of Hope movement to restore the people's stolen rights. DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that Ahmadinejad is trying to build a puppet government composed of inexperienced, pliant cronies and officials known for their brutality to usher in a takeover of the regime by the Revolutionary Guards.

The two factions are set for a final showdown.

The regime hardliners are bent on smashing the opposition by brute force. Their leaders face trials on charges that carry the death sentence, such as sedition.

Sunday, Aug. 13, a third group of 25 protesters against the disputed presidential election goes on trial before the Revolutionary Court. The first two sessions were blasted as travesties of justice and "show trials."

Seven leaders of the Baha'i community are also to be tried for allegedly spying for Israel and desecrating Islam.

It is clear that the Ahmadinejad regime has embarked on a course of brute force to solidify its control over Iran. The arrest of Bahai members on trumped up charges is an additional signal that scapegoating minorities will also be a part of Ahmadinejad's crackdown strategy. Because the original founders of the Bahai faith were Muslim, Bahaiism has been treated by the Iranian government as heretics from Islam. This leaves them with as little legitimacy of idol worshippers under Iran's theocratic system. Baha U'llah, the founder of the Bahai faith is buried in the Bahai gardens in Haifa, Israel. This also lends an aura of illicitness to Iranian regime propagandists who wish to demonise the Bahai.

DEBKA also reports that seven secret political prisons are operating in Iran outside even the minimal scrutiny of Iran's normal administrative apparatus for overseeing such facilities. One facility, the Revolutionary Guard's prison Number 59 is according to DEBKA so secret that "even the head of the justice department for the Tehran district has never been granted permission for a visit".

Prisoners in that facility are "off the radar" with their location unknown to family and even the Iranian "justice " system.

The notorious Kahrizak prison uses Iranian thugs who are being imprisoned for non political offenses as pawns to brutalise and torture political prisoners. Rapes and deaths have been reported in the secret facility. Despite reports to the contrary, the prison remains open.

Abu Ghoraib prison is a special facility used to incarcerate Revolutionary Guard members accused of political offenses. The very existence of such a "specialty" prison in the Iranian system is indicative of the depth of division in Iran. Amazingly enough, the prison is actually named after the famous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in which American soldiers were accused of torturing Iraqi detainees.

The unrest in Iran continues. Even brutal and systematic repression has not put an end to it. The American news media is well aware of both the economic and political importance of Iran. It is also aware of its own power in shaping world opinion, exemplified in countless instances from Vietnam to Iraq. Despite this, the suffering of the Iranian people has largely been relegated to the back pages of the nation's newspapers. Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries are concerned about the situation in that country. Iran is not only oppressing its own people but also sponsoring unrest in the Arab world.

With or without reporting in the news media of free countries, the discontent in Iran will continue to develop and unfold. Unfortunately the Ahmadinejad regime is likely to be emboldened in their brutal repression by media and by Obama administration silence. There are consequences to the priorities set in our nation's news media. Can bloggers bring about a change in focus and in priorities? Here is one blogger who has not forgotten the suffering of the Iranian people. I hope that other bloggers and eventually newspapers join me in shedding light on one of the great freedom struggles of our time. The Iranian people have already given their blood. The least we can do is give a damn. Sphere: Related Content

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