Skip to comments.Iran Revolutionary Guard Commander arrested for refusing to use force on protesters
Posted on 06/22/2009 8:54:16 PM PDT by Jeff Head
A commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has been arrested for refusing to obey Iran's Supreme Leader, according to reports from the Balatarin website.
General Ali Fazli, who was recently appointed as a commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the province of Tehran, is reported to have been arrested after he refused to carry out orders from the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to use force on people protesting the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Fazli, a veteran of the devastating Iran-Iraq war is also believed to have been sacked and taken to an unknown location.
The Revolutionary Guards is a separate body to the mainstream armed forces in Iran and is seen as one of the main and most powerful bodies responsible for protecting the Islamic theocratic regime.
Earlier today the Revolutionary Guards issued a warning on its website threatening to come down hard on Iranians who continue protesting against what many in the country see as rigged elections.
God bless this brave commander...we will probably never hear of him again.
My guess is that they have found someone who will give the orders and now we will see what the Colonels and NCOs will do.
Then there is also the regular Army, whom I believe is also balking.
It was George Bush's policy of direct engagement and support of liberty that has led to the people of Iran seeing the measure of freedom now established on both sides of them in Iraq and Afghjanistan...and desiring it for themselves.
Those policies are now coming to fruition in Iran, despite the Obamanation and his policies.
The fight in Iran is far from over, and continues getting more and more brutal.
Young Woman (Neda) shot to death in Terhran. 6/20/2009
Crowd Hunting Basij, Man shot. 6/20/2009
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A crack in the dyke, maybe? The first of many to come? One can hope . . . .
I believe this thing is quickly outrunning the "candidates". The many, many young people (and a lot of the older ones too) of Iran want freedom, not another puppet to tyranical Islamic rule.
I believe we could see the birth or republicanism in Iran, but it may very possibly become much more bloody before it is over. Desopite this development, it is likely that there are many in the Basij and many in the Revoultionary Guard who are not likely to go quietly.
The key is, "What will the regular Army do?" And will they (say, Like Washington) be willing to take part in ending the Islamic tyranny and then hand it over to a new, true Republic?
At this point, the people may not accept anything less.
One thing is sure...it is Bush's direct engagement, support of liberty, and policies that are driving this. Still bearing fruit. Obama is trying like crazy to spin this to his advantage, but we cannot let him lie and try and steal it. His policies would have made this impossible...just as they would have made Iraq impossible.
Over the last two days, a number of MSM talking heads and analysts have talked about what they believe to a crucial “tipping point”.
I’m curious as to what the rank and file of the Rev Guards will say when their officers are being arrested. Will they say “Oh, so-and-so was a traitor to the Revolution” or will they say “Wait a friggin’ minute! The mullahs can’t do that to our officers. Let’s even the score”?
Is this a tipping point? I gotta think there are more Rev Guard officers who are feeling like the one who got arrested.
It was George Bush’s policy of direct engagement and support of liberty that has led to the people of Iran seeing the measure of freedom now established on both sides of them in Iraq and Afghjanistan...and desiring it for themselves.
REPEAT THIS OFTEN AND LOUD...
Trouble in Paradise.
IranCoup - the biggest protest in IRAN On Thursday with Mousavi and Karoobi about 1 hour ago from web
I agree...and I bet the numbers are even higher in the regular army.
Fitting, he fires everyone...now he no longer has anyone to be the supreme ruler of.
Maybe Romanian style.
Agreed, 100%. It takes time for policies put in place to take effect. History is a slow but inevitable mover of all things human. A few stones start to roll and soon you have an avalanche. Iraq and Afghanistan were first (easier targets).
The death knell of radical Islam will be terrible and bloody. Hopefully, BO won't screw it up too much. But what if he really is an Islamist? It will make it more difficult to succeed against them. Nukes are the hidden threat here. An "Islamic Bomb" could alter the the balance of power in a way we can't see or predict at this moment. Pakistan must be optioned out of the picture as it is . . . not stable enough to remain trustworthy - I mean Iran could lash out in ways we can't predict at this point.
Many forces are at work right now behind the scenes, attempting to sway matters to their own opportunistic way. We need to work with our most trusted allies (British, Canadian, Australian, Israeli) under the radar and coordinate our steps to keep things from going chaotic (read: nuclear).
This, I fear, is beyond our current POTUS's ability to do, much less see. W may not have been a "great" President, but he wasn't as bad as the (liberal) pundits say. Oh, if only Reagan were still around to be able to stand up and give one of his speeches.
Great times bring forth great men (leaders). Let us hope we still have some left who will come forth.
Thanks for the ping!
Everyone has been waiting to see where his shoe would drop.
His fate is sealed. He will be executed shortly.
Despite Obama...and make no mistake, Obama is an abject marxist ideologue with very disturbing ties to Islam. His fundamental change is about destroying the free market and America's soveriegnty.
Just the same, despite him and his misbegotten foreign policy of appeasement and dis-engagement...the seeds planted by Bush continue to sprout and that is what we are seeing in Iran.
Bush's freedom speech in 2005, January, was a outstanding foreign policy speech.
"There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.
"All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.
"Democratic reformers facing repression, prison or exile can know: America sees you for who you are -- the future leaders of your free country.
"The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it."
George W. Bush Jan 2005
The truth that will not see print by the MSM - too "in the tank" for BO.
Damn, I'd hate to see that pretender get any credit for something good to come out of the MidEast, but if it leads to more freedom for more people and safety for the world in general, I think I might be able to swallow hard and accept it for a time until the real truth surfaces.
Somewhere today I read that Rafsanjani is siding with the people - against the current 'Supreme Leader" - and along with about half of the moderate Mullahs in the 'council' (some of whom have actually gone on the street to march with the people to 'protect them from those who would fire guns at the people.')
If there is any truth in that story, and there seems to be quite a bit of collaborating commentary in tweets from Iran, but no 'proof' - this may be exactly what will bring the current leadership to flee for their very lives.
Tweets from Iran though expect things to get much worse in the next two days.
It's been pretty awful - the only way it gets 'worse' is deliberate murder of all unarmed citizens in sight.
American version coming soon?
One nicely placed cruise missile designated for one dirty diaper wearing supreme mullah would do a lot of good!
National Tea Party Rally in DC...July 4th, 2009.
I’m flying an Iranian flag. When 52% of my countrymen willingly vote themselves into slavery, it seems more appropriate to fly the flag of a people who are risking all for Liberty.
But 0 can't do that because he knows the real reason why this is happening in Iran is because the people in Iran watched Iraq have 5 free and fair elections; they see Freedom next door and they want it too.
If the Mullahs lose power then no matter how they try to spin it they wont be able to hide the fact that the Bush doctrine worked and that going into Iraq and setting up a democracy in the heart of the Middle East changed the world and made it and the United States safer .
Militant Islam would die on the vine, Hammas and Hezbollah would crumble. Palestinians would have no choice but to seek peace; Kim Jong Il and Hugo Chavez would be left alone and twisting in the wind.
And after the dust settled there would be Berry 0bama, the one guy who "voted against the war in Iraq" (although he wasn't actually someone who could have voted at the time).
That is why Zer0 is the only President in our 233 year history who has not taken a stand for freedom.
God bless those seeking freedom in Iran- Let Freedom Ring.
Assuming these reports are right, this commander will be used as an example to others who dare to refuse the Supreme Leader’s orders.
There would have to be massive resistance in the Army and Revolutionary Guards to overcome the repressive regime.
sounds like a crack in the wall to me...
On the other hand messing with armed men is dangerous. At lot more dangerous than shooting unarmed civilians on the street.
How many of his own officers did Sadaam Hussein kill?
He is in Qom and the ruling bunch is afraid he is putting together a group to replace them.
Jeff, I’ve been reading about the deep inspection tool the Iranian government is using on Twitter and Facebook postings. Siemens and Nokia have provided it to them so they can basically spy on every posting before it is submitted to the sites.
It’s so troubling how international business interests support totalitarianism.
>.Its so troubling how international business interests support totalitarianism.
Yeah, like Yahoo in China handing over info about dissidents to the government.
Hardware networking companies providing embedded spyware in their product sales to China.
Well, heck, IBM Hollerith tabulating machines sold to Germany for their census proved invaluable to the Nazis later.
Sometimes profits can be the very antithesis of liberty.