Skip to comments.Iranian Alert - March 7, 2005 - 'Incompetent Clerics Driving Iran to the Abyss'
Posted on 03/06/2005 6:42:04 PM PST by freedom44
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In an unprecedented open letter to the ruling clerical leaders, more than five hundred Iranian scholars, intellectuals, journalists, students, artists and politicians have denounced the "incompetence" of the present clerical-led leadership and warned that only bowing to the principles of a real democracy can save the country and nation from total collapse.
Observers say this is the first time that so many dissidents of all categories have joined in writing such a letter, produced on the occasion of the forthcoming presidential elections, due next June.
The signatories, most of them well known activists, have dressed a black picture of the regime's achievements in the past 25 years, reaching the conclusion that the record of the "appointed and selected officials" in charge of the nation is "negative" in all political, economic, cultural and social fields "to the point that the nation's independence, unity, coexistence and future are in serious danger".
Based on some official statistics, the signatories also hints at the "critical conditions and situation" of the nation, particularly in political, economic, cultural and social fields to conclude that the establishment has been "both incapable and impotent" in the defining, recognising and defending" Iran's national interests in face of threats coming from outside.
The Office for the Consolidation of Unity (OCU), the Iranian students largest organisation, the Popular Front, the Iranian People Party (IPP) of the late Dariush Forouhar, the Iranian National Party (INP), some nationalist-religious movements as well as hundreds of well-known personalities have signed the petition.
"The publication of the petition shows that the rulers have failed in their attempt at discouraging the people by propagating the wrong image that the dissidents and activists have deserted the political arena", said Mr. Keshtgar, adding that the letter shows that contrary to the ruler's expectations, the Iranian, more than ever before, are determined to go ahead with their long struggle for freedom and democracy".
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I just read something really encouraging on one of the ME blogs. I read that some of the wealthy Iranians have decided to accept Al Sistani as their spiritual leader and are sending money to him. I also read that Najef is skyrocketing as the center of Shiia religious schools with their "quietist" philosophy. Sistani believes that clerics have no place in politics :o)
That is right
This article is also proving the photos.
A ambush on a precipice.
The way they keep sending their intelligence officers to other countries, and they keep getting arrested and jailed, who are the mad mullahs going to call on when the protests get serious?
Iranians are ethnically Persians and are in no way related to Arabs.
They are not commie. As I said, that photo for Iranian students is a symbol of rebellion. That's all!
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I know that, but there tends to be a generalization about the "me". I don't consider Iran part of the me, but most people do.
I don't think these students understand who Che is. I spoke with a teacher at Tehran University who told me the students had no idea who he was - they think he's some pro-Democracy figure instead of a communist guerrilla