Skip to comments.INCOMPETENT RULERS ARE DRVING THE NATION TO THE ABYSS [an open letter to the IRANIAN Regime]
Posted on 03/07/2005 5:57:20 AM PST by nuconvert
INCOMPETENT RULERS ARE DRVING THE NATION TO THE ABYSS: DISSIDENTS
By Safa Haeri
Friday, March 4, 2005
TEHRAN, 3 Mar. (IPS) 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.
This is a very interesting event that for sure, would open more the sad and unhealthy political atmosphere that the present establishment has deliberately created, commented Mr. Qasem Sholeh Sadi, a veteran political dissident.
This is the first time that so many dissidents of all categories have joined in writing such a letter. The signatories, most of them well known activists, have dressed a black picture of the regimes 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 nations independence, unity, coexistence and future are in serious danger.
The less critical points of the letter have been published in some of the few remaining Iranian independent media, including Sharq newspaper on Thursday.
We, the signatories of this letter, have reached the conclusion that the appointed and selected leadership, impotent and incapable of discerning and defending the nations interests and unable to solve domestic problems, has not the authority, credibility and competence of governing the country, the petition accuses.
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 Irans national interests in face of threats coming from outside.
Not only the officials in charge have failed to protect the nations interests, they also failed to solve Iranian peoples basic problems and difficulties. This is enough to prove their incompetence in leading the country, the signatories said, adding that the low participation of voters in the city council and Majles elections shows that the people have no desire of going to the polls in the coming presidential race.
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.
It is interesting that not only there are some bazaris and businessmen among the signatories, but all of them have indicated their addresses as well, Mr. Sholeh Sadi noted, adding that the demands formulated by the petition is in the following of the reform project.
He was referring to the proposal, advanced by several dissidents both republicans and monarchists, for a referendum to be organised under the auspices of international observers allowing the Iranian people to freely chose their desired regime.
Pointing to the records of President Khatamis eight years presidency, the signatories insist that under present circumstances and political system, the next president, even if elected with a huge popular vote and backed by an elected parliament, would not be more than a figurehead, or a coordinator for the unelected organs.
Considering the incompetence and weakness of the leadership in the one hand and the peoples apathy and unwillingness to go to the polls, as seen from the last city council and the seventh Majles elections on the other, the tangible fact is that under such conditions and circumstances, one can not walk towards a real democracy, the rule of the law, the separation of the three powers, the power of the people and a genuine republic, the authors said.
They were referring to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami who, despite landslide votes in 1997 and 2001 elections, was not able to implement any of the limited political, social and cultural reforms he had promised to the Iranian people.
Under present Iranian political system, all powers are concentrated in the hands of a cleric who, as an absolute leader representing the God on earth, not only stands above all laws and has the final word on every issue, being religious, political, social, cultural, economical, military or international, but also has direct control on all three Judicial, Legislative and Executive branches of the regime as well as the public media, armed forces, police and security services.
The publication of the petition shows that the rulers have failed in their attempt at discouraging the people. This is the first time in the past 25 years that so many Iranians of different political schools joins hands in signing a petition based on clear cut principles of the Universal Charter of Human Rights, defence of democracy and freedoms, the Charter of the United Nations and the laws of the republic, observed Mr. Ali Keshtgar, an Iranian dissident living in Paris.
The signatories are of the view that the only sure way out of the present dramatic and dangerous situation is that an elected leadership bows to the will of the people for both governing the nation and its international relations and like other advanced nations of the world, place the interests of the nation and the people on the respect and obey the principles of the Universal Charter of Human Rights, the Charter of the United Nations, the petition insists
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 rulers expectations, the Iranian, more than ever before, are determined to go ahead with their long struggle for freedom and democracy. ENDS DISSIDENTS LETTER 4305
This is a significant event at a time when all the world has its eyes on Iran.
My bad when I read the headline I assumed it was in reference to this country.
"We the people..." BUMP!
They need some of these lines...
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Bump indeed. They're getting bolder....
I thought the same thing. Sadly, it COULD be about the US - Not at all out of the question.
My bad when I read the headline I assumed it was in reference to this country.
I'm a carpenter's daughter. I assumed that there are no Lufkin's in Iran.
Somebody send this to Bill Clinton....
"Considering the incompetence and weakness of the leadership in the one hand and the peoples apathy and unwillingness to go to the polls, as seen from the last city council and the seventh Majles elections on the other, the tangible fact is that under such conditions and circumstances, one can not walk towards a real democracy, the rule of the law, the separation of the three powers, the power of the people and a genuine republic, the authors said."
Everyone is saying that something is going to happen this summer.
The "Incompetent Rulers are Driving the Nation to the Abyss", and the people are getting ready to push them over the edge.
Yes but in America were there not petitions of Greivence that preceeded the declaration?
As Rush would say, it's "effervescing." Another domino is teetering. The Democrats look on in aghast bewilderment.
The timing for this letter is good now that the none Persian media is actually reporting this kind of news about Iran. This letter is a necessary step towards proving other venues were tried before the hammer comes down. By June, looks like Iranians will get a chance to redeem themselves. Now that the world is going to examine the Iranian June election.
I have no Idea what you are talking about, so here are some bunnies.
:( What? No pancake? I want pancakes with my bunnies.