Fear for life increases among pro-regime businessmen
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jul 13, 2004
Despite strict official directives intending to keep secret, a hostile deadly commando style attack, in order to avoid panic, the fear for life is increasing among pro-regime businessmen and Bazaris. The fear has been generated following the killing attempt, made by a masked and unidentified assailant, against the life of the notorious Haj-Agha Akbar Karimi.
The latter's daughter was killed during the attack, made at his villa located near Tehran last week, and himself is fighting for his life at the Khatam-ol-Anbia Hospital managed by the regime's Pasdaran Corp.
Karimi and his brothers, all members of the repressive "Jamiat e Motalefe e Eslami", became rich Bazaris following the Islamic revolution and are notorious for their roles in repressing the regime's opponents and for the execution and torture of several political prisoners. The gang is known for managing a network specialized in the duty free export of Iranian rugs to UAE, Germany, Canada and the US and the duty free import of several types of consumer goods and medicines.
It's to note that the popular hate and sense of revenge is in constant raise against corrupted Bazaris known for their links with the Islamic regime. They're known for having amassed billions of dollars in detriment of the Iranian people due to their constant support of the Mullahcracy.
An increasing number of Iranians, especially among youth, are believing of the Armed Struggle as the only way to bring down the illegitimate and barbaric theocracy.
Iran's detention of UK servicemen targeted Baghdad
By Mahan Abedin
Special to The Daily Star
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
The three-day detention last month of eight British Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors by Iran sparked widespread speculation regarding the intentions behind the action and its possible ramifications. The most striking feature of the incident was that the levels of speculation exceeded the seriousness of the issue. Indeed the men were promptly released by Iran and the matter has now been resolved, save for the return of British equipment.
At one level speculation was understandable given that British and American forces have often strayed into Iranian territory during the past 15 months, without Iran batting an eyelid. Therefore, observers were right to question why the Iranians decided to make such an issue of the latest incursion into their territorial waters in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which Iran calls Arvand Rood. But those seeking to divine Iranian motivations also offered much that was unconvincing.
For example, a more implausible explanation for the decision to make an incident of the British incursion was that Iran sought to pressure coalition authorities into securing the release of would-be Iranian suicide bombers held in Iraq. The contention was a nonstarter: Iran is uninterested in engaging in such activities. Indeed, while fighting around the holy Shiite shrines in Najaf and Karbala led to calls by various Iranian organizations and charities for retaliation, these organizations, which have at times even called for suicide operations against coalition forces, have acted in a purely private capacity. In fact, recently the Iranian authorities warned them to desist from taking any action.
A more realistic motive for the outbreak of the incident was that Iran sought to humiliate Britain for recently taking position against Tehran in the ongoing dispute over Iran's attempts to develop a nuclear capability. But on closer inspection this contention is also faulty. The UK has in no way reversed its policy of positive engagement with the Islamic Republic. Even on the nuclear issue, while the UK has toughened its stance, its position remains distinct from that of the US. Moreover, in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw maintained that positive engagement with Iran was yielding results "bit by bit" and that the detention of the servicemen was merely an "unfortunate" incident.
The statement discredited the belief that Iran had sought to deliberately humiliate Britain, but also that Iran and the UK have been going through a frosty patch in recent months.
Yet another explanation for the detention of the servicemen was that it was part of an Iranian strategy to intimidate the international community as a whole in the dispute over nuclear power. It was argued that Iran sought to impress upon key players in the dispute that it would not tolerate serious pressure. This kind of action would purportedly send a strong signal to the US and Israel that any strike against Iran's nuclear infrastructure would be met with a strong response.