Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Iranian Alert -- DAY 17 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
Live Thread Ping List | 6.26.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 06/26/2003 12:01:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

In just 12 days (July 9th) the people of Iran are planning massive demonstrations events and strikes. On this date, 4 years ago, the regime brutally attacked peaceful student demonstrators while in their dorms. The result was the loss of life and liberty of hundreds of students, many of which are still unaccounted for.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a country. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

Please continue to post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushdoctrineunfold; iran; protests; southasialist; studentmovement; warlist

1 posted on 06/26/2003 12:01:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
Iranian Alert -- DAY 17 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

Live Thread Ping List | 6.26.2003 | DoctorZin
Posted on 06/26/2003 12:01 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/935805/posts

Breaking News... The regime plans on executing many of the jailed protesters on Friday, it is being reported. Join us to learn all the news and what you can do to help the people of Iran battle its regime.

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
2 posted on 06/26/2003 12:04:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
SMCCDI: Arrested protesters to face "Death Sentence"

SMCCDI (Information Service)
June 25, 2003

Hundreds of those arrested in the last riots will be brought to speedy trials in order to witness the decision of the Islamic "justice" on their cases.

Sources within the regime are confirming the decision, made in an extraordinary meeting of the National Security Council" to issue and execute death penalties against many of them for "Spying for the US"; "Attempt Against National Security"; "Armed Action Intending to Overthrown the Islamic State".

The move intends to go on by a series of Public executions and to mass spread the information on the cases of other protesters executed within the regime's penitenciaries.

The Islamic regime hopes by this way to increase its policy of Terror and Fear at the approach of the anniversary of July 9th Student Uprising of 1999 and by this way to avoid a mass participation in the rallies on that day.

Tens of thos arrested have been placed under duress and torture in order to sign confessions on their "link to the US Secret Services". These prisoners are under the special guard of officers of the Intelligence Directorat of the Pasdaran Corp which is responding directly to the offices of the regime's Supreme Leader.

It's to note that families of many of the arrested, such as the Scholars of Shiraz, have been pressured to cut any contact with their relatives contacts and ask to doesn't been called anymore for their sake.

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056606212



3 posted on 06/26/2003 12:06:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn; *Bush Doctrine Unfold; *war_list; W.O.T.; Eurotwit; freedom44; FairOpinion; ...
Awful!!!!

Bush Doctrine Unfolds :

To find all articles tagged or indexed using Bush Doctrine Unfold , click below:
  click here >>> Bush Doctrine Unfold <<< click here  
(To view all FR Bump Lists, click here)



4 posted on 06/26/2003 12:31:39 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Re #3

The regime is making a big mistake. It may have worked if they have near-total control of information inside Iran. Without it, this may well backfire. Some blockheads inside the regime are hastening its downfall. It may be that they feel doomed.

5 posted on 06/26/2003 12:54:20 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
This just in...

As the previous post stated, the regime is planning on making an example of the jailed protesters with a large number of public executions being planned for Friday. The executions are based on false confessions forced from those under arrest. They confessions allege that they are spy’s for US intelligence. This is forcing a major confrontation with the protest movement. We will likely hear more about this later in the day.

Some with the protest movement have begun distributing fliers offers rewards for taking hostage, members of the regimes paramilitary forces the Basji and Hezbollah. Besides offers of money it also provides a how-to-do list on everything from how to capture the hostage, house them, feed them, and negotiate with the regime for the release of those being held by the regime.

The regime is also attempting to discredit the United States by publishing photos alleging that US soldiers in Iraq raping Iraqi women.

I will post more reports as I receive them.

DoctorZin

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
6 posted on 06/26/2003 1:12:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
SMCCDI: MKO sold at US$650 Millions by France

MKO priced at US$650 Millions by France
SMCCDI (Information Service)
June 25, 2003

Sources within the Islamic republic are stating that the dismantelment of MKO, by France, was part of a 650 Millions of Dollars of commercial package agreed between the French and Clerical regimes.

Based on this agreement, while France will have the opportunity of more Oil & Gas exploitation for especially its TotalFina company, the Islamic regime
will be releaved from the MKO problem forever.

It's to note that the French FM has declared the MKO as a Terrorist organization while this notorious Armed movement was hosted by France for almost 2 decades and at the highest time of its small popularity and organizational abilities.

It's to note that several Iranian opponents, of other opposition groups have been slaughtered in France, in the last years, and each time the French consecutive governments allowed their assassins to go back to Iran.
But the biggest scandal arised in the late 80's when the French government headed, at that time, by Jacques Chirac allowed the infamous Vahid Gorji to return safely to Iran. Chirac's decision, the then French PM, made such pressure on the independent French judiciary despite Gorji's role in a serie of deadly bombings which rocked for several days the French capital.

Judge Boulloucque who "had" to issue Gorji's authorisation of returning to Iran will commit, later, a deadly suicide.

Source: SMCCDI

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056607317



7 posted on 06/26/2003 1:19:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Read more
http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=27985&d=26&m=6&y=2003&pix=world.jpg&category=World

Politicians said it was not clear which security organization had carried out the students’ arrests. Intelligence Ministry and police officials have said they only have a handful of students in their custody.

“As President Khatami has said, a government has been formed inside the government, and some organizations are arresting citizens,” Hadi Qabel, head of the reformist Participation Front party in the city of Qom told Tosea.

One 53-year-old woman told Reuters she had been unable to get any information about the whereabouts of her son, a student who was arrested during the first days of the protests about two weeks ago.

The son of at least one reformist MP has also been detained and several MPs complained they had received death threats since releasing a highly critical letter to Supreme Leader Ali Al-Khamenei last month signed by 135 MPs.
8 posted on 06/26/2003 1:29:39 AM PDT by AdmSmith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Re #6

Mullahs sent many of their political opponents to the firing squad. Soon, it could be their turn.

9 posted on 06/26/2003 1:46:51 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith
Re #8

Do they not really know or just pretend not to know? Either way, those reformers appear to be useless.

I hope that at least some of Iranian military and security side with protesters after July 9, instead of merely staying out of trouble.

10 posted on 06/26/2003 1:58:04 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for the ping
11 posted on 06/26/2003 4:08:25 AM PDT by firewalk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster
Time (or telltale) will tell.
12 posted on 06/26/2003 4:54:24 AM PDT by AdmSmith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: *southasia_list
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
13 posted on 06/26/2003 6:27:26 AM PDT by Free the USA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
As the previous post stated, the regime is planning on making an example of the jailed protesters with a large number of public executions being planned for Friday.

The regime is making a "French Revolution"-style uprising inevitable. I think they hope to flush out some of the hard-core on Friday, with hopes of some trying rescue attempts.

14 posted on 06/26/2003 7:30:16 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer looking for next gig)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
SMCCDI: Mass arrest of identified protesters

SMCCDI (Information Service)
June 26, 2003

Tens of thos identified in the last wave of protests have been rounded up in the last 3 days by members of the Intelligence of the Pasdaran Corp.

Many of the identifications were made from footages shown by International TVs of Iranian demonstrators.

Most of the arrests have occured at night time and several of them, in the daylight and in the middle of the street.

The arrested are conducted to the regime's safe house in order to be interrogated.

The Islamic regime intends to decapitate the Iranian opposition and especially the secularist students movement at the approach of July 9th in order toundermine the preparation of rallies already banned by the clerical leadership.

Several public executions are to take place, in the next days, and the regime's kangaroo courts will be organized from next week.

Source: SMCCDI

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056634988




15 posted on 06/26/2003 7:31:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SauronOfMordor
You're correct..this COULD be the tipping point...open civil war....howver...the opposition to the mullahs ( the *)% of the Iranians) could announce a provisional government, and appeal to the US to help to prevent them from being slaughtered...and, BTW, the US has a "few" troops nearby, in case no one's noticed...
16 posted on 06/26/2003 7:33:04 AM PDT by ken5050
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Oh, I was fearing when this announcement would come. Can't a copy of this be sent to FOX or something? They need to be getting this out on the air.
17 posted on 06/26/2003 7:42:50 AM PDT by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
OMG this is ridiculous. They have GOT to get all the people involved now. I can't even imagine that the people will stand by and allow these innocent young ones to be executed.
18 posted on 06/26/2003 7:47:19 AM PDT by McGavin999
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert
Comments@foxnews.com;
Foxaroundtheworld@foxnews.com;
Foxreport@foxnews.com;
Hannity@foxnews.com;
Colmes@foxnews.com;
Oreilly@foxnews.com;
Warstories@foxnews.com;
Cavuto@foxnews.com;
19 posted on 06/26/2003 7:49:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
I did manage to get one through. Why is it so difficult?
20 posted on 06/26/2003 8:14:03 AM PDT by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
A long separate thread on the execution story is in progress.

Arrested Iran Prisoners To Face Death Sentence [Mass Public Executions Friday]

21 posted on 06/26/2003 8:19:30 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
I just posted this in the breaking news section so the entire FreeRepublic community would learn of it.

Students Issue 'Final Warning' to Iran's Clerical Rulers

Ha'aretz ^ | 6.26.2003 | The Associated Press
Posted on 06/26/2003 8:19 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/935963/posts

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
22 posted on 06/26/2003 8:51:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
BTTT!
23 posted on 06/26/2003 8:53:26 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn; Travis McGee
They realized their tactics would not work. They are regrouping, planning, and arming up, is my guess and hope.

I think this news will confirm their resolve. The "threat" in the letter also seems to indicate a big change in tactics.

24 posted on 06/26/2003 9:03:24 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (proud member of a fierce, warlike tribe of a fire-breathing conservative band of Internet brothers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn; Persia
Here's AP's account of the letter posted by Persia.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/935990/posts

Things are really heating up. IMO, the mullahs will be making a huge mistake if they actually go through with this.
25 posted on 06/26/2003 9:13:28 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ( My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: dixiechick2000
Thanks.
26 posted on 06/26/2003 9:17:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
You're welcome.
27 posted on 06/26/2003 9:20:21 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ( My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Hope and Blood in the Streets of IRAN

Dr. Ramin Etebar

June 19, 2003

Dear Media Editors;

For the ninth straight day, the people of Iran have taken to the streets to protest the dictatorship of the ruling religious clerics. The tyrants in Tehran have been brutally killing and injuring the innocent demonstrators whose only crime is the cry of freedom. The crack down is not only carried out by the anti-riot police, but also by “Islamic” vigilantes known as Ansaar-e-hezbolah. These savage vigilantes are attacking demonstrators with knives, screwdrivers, chains, mace, clubs and handguns. Watching Persian satellite television programs, the Iranian people are asking why the US media is not covering these events adequately. Over the years the Iranian government sponsored anti-US demonstrations have been well publicized and broadcast on the US national news; but now the real movement of the Iranian people is ignored. The Iranian population favors the United States of America more than any other nation, including their neighbors in the Middle East. The voices of the Iranians must be heard as the first Iranian revolution of the twenty first century looms in the near future. Your attention to this serious matter will insure long term friendship between our two nations.

Ramin Etebar, M.D.

DoctorZin Note: We need to continue to press the media to cover this story. If the media warns of this impending slaughter of protesters, our government and that of the free world will be encouraged to put further public pressure on the mullahs of Iran, warning them not to slaughter these innocent men and women, before its too late.

28 posted on 06/26/2003 1:40:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
I am still getting pinged on this list...
could you please remove me...]
thx, robert...
29 posted on 06/26/2003 4:55:45 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2 (What price treason?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Iran Must be Tackled

June 27, 2003
Daily Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk

"Do something about Iran - or we will have to act" was Condoleezza Rice's message to the international community when she addressed the International Institute for Strategic Studies yesterday.

Curiously, the American National Security Adviser's words triggered less controversy than might have been expected. There were a number of reasons for this. First, she did not close the door on multilateral action as the first resort for the administration. She was seeking to give multilateralism some real teeth and thus to rescue it, rather than to bury it.

Second, compared with Iraq, there is a far greater European consensus that Iran's nuclear programme constitutes a real threat. And finally, following recent unrest in Iran, it is no longer possible to sustain the image of the Islamic Republic as a popular, revolutionary regime.

Iran today is rather like Brezhnev's Soviet Union: a powerful state that can challenge the free world abroad but which is ultimately hollow. The Islamic Republic is thus ripe for the toppling. But "regime change" does not necessarily mean military action of the kind that led to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

The most promising approach is that of Senator Sam Brownback, who is currently piloting a Bill through Congress that would increase support for the democratic Iranian resistance. Indeed, the happiest model of "regime change" in Europe - Solidarity's successful campaign in Poland - was achieved peacefully with assistance from both Europeans and Americans.

There is nothing very "progressive" or "European" about keeping one of the world's most primitive and reactionary tyrannies in place.

http://www.dailytelegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2003/06/27/dl2702.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2003/06/27/ixoplead.html
30 posted on 06/26/2003 7:07:56 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
The silence is deafening. Have we heard anything yet? I guess it's only 7 AM there, but it's Friday, right? Does anyone have any word on whether or not the mad mullahs are going to carry out their threat?
31 posted on 06/26/2003 7:15:21 PM PDT by McGavin999
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
The US is not planning to invade. The revolution will happen internally with as much assistance as possible, but the troops won't go in.
32 posted on 06/26/2003 7:17:55 PM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: McGavin999
I feel the same way.
It is morning there.
We will see what happens in the next 12 hours or so.

33 posted on 06/26/2003 7:29:53 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Shoot, I have to work tomorrow and won't have access to the web until evening. I'll try to sneak a peek at lunch time, please let me know as soon as you hear something will you doc?
34 posted on 06/26/2003 7:34:34 PM PDT by McGavin999
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Interesting article worth reading...

Iranian revolution missing key ingredient --the Military (for now!)

Baltimore Sun ^ | 6/26/03 | Mark N. Katz
Posted on 06/26/2003 7:20 PM PDT by freedom44

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/936344/posts?page=1

35 posted on 06/26/2003 7:34:43 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
I'm just now catching up, but there have been some very good articles today. I really liked Condi's comments.

I'm hoping the mullahs have come to their senses and won't carry through on their threats.

Thank you, again. I'm leaving this window open...

36 posted on 06/26/2003 8:34:00 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ( My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Will you put me on your ping list?

I am just now starting to follow what is going on in Iran thanks to FR. I can't believe the media is not shining a big fat light on this situation! Has the Shah's son made any comments, statements or media interviews concerning the protests and now what may happen Friday? I have seen him on Fox news months ago, but nothing as of late.
37 posted on 06/26/2003 8:42:39 PM PDT by Lanza
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Can you add me to your Iran ping list? Thanks.
38 posted on 06/26/2003 10:21:09 PM PDT by rmt65802
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Just checking in. I see there is nothing new, but I can at least bump the thread.
39 posted on 06/26/2003 10:27:09 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ( My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: dixiechick2000
I am hoping that no news is good news.

I would think that if they were prepared to start a reign of terror, the regime would want to make a very public demonstration of their power. That is what some of the haedliners reportedly want. I understand that they want to broadcast the executions around the country, to instill fear of the regime. If they fail to do so, then it will encourage the demonstators.
40 posted on 06/26/2003 11:06:15 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Popular US Scholar and analyst renews pledge for defense of Iranians

SMCCDI (Information Service)
June 26, 2003

Michael ledeen, the most popular of US scholars and analysts, renewed his pledge for the defense of Iranians seeking Freedom and Democracy.

Speaking, this evening, as the special guest of the Dallas World Council Affair (Texas), this ardent and famous defensor of Iranian Secularit Forces and Student Movement slammed, once again, the Islamic republic regime for its dictatorial rule in Iran and terrorist activities around the globe.

Paying a tribute to those brave Iranians who have been killed, injured or jailed during the last days of riots, Dr. Ledeen stated: "We must aknowledge their courage and bravery by supporting them in their aspiration. They need just materials, such as, Satellite phones and money to gain freedom and we must provide them."

He reminded to the US administration its role and duty toward those Iranians who are defying one of the worst regime's mankind has ever witnessed and requested a firm and moral support for the Iranians.

Ledeen added that no real democracy and peace will be established in the Middle East and nor in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan till the Islamic republic remains in power. "Democracy and peace are what threaten the life of the current Iranian regime" he emphasized.

He continued his pledge by stating: " We must seek Regime Change. Be sure that no US soldier nor a US bullet is needed. We must just support the Iranians and they will gain themselves their freedom".

Analysing the past and current situation of Iran, Dr. Ledeen stated: "All conditions are ready in Iran for a Democratic Revolution. It's not a secrete and everybody can see it as all conditions are gathered. The young and intelligent layer of the Iranian society which composes 70% of the population is tired of the old tyrans in power who are seeking to stop them for gaining their right and access modern life."

He slammed France and Germany for their role in supporting the regime and stated: "France is now out of Iraq for the support that it had for Saddam and will most likely be outsted for years from Iran. It will be hard for Iranians to accept countries which backed their oppressors as their future partners".

On the British policy toward Iran, he stated: "Mr. Blair has made a good declaration in support of Iranians just it's that Mr. Straw who's a very clever man still is not able to see where's the final interest of his country."

It's to note that the British consul was present at the meeting when the statement was made.

Dr. Ledeen has become very popular among many Iranians for his books and articles, published in famous newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and the London Telegraph, on the plight of the Iranian nation and the repressive nature of the Islamic regime. Most of his works are getting translated and then broadcasted by commentators of Iranian opposition radio and satellite TV networks for Iran.

It's to note that, in May 2002, during a live Internet Voice Q&A, organized by SMCCDI on the Patalk Network, Michael Ledeen reached the hearts and minds of many Iranians and especially those living inside who had defied all dangers by participating and listening to his comments.

The till then unprecedented event was then higly mediatised by the impartial, repsonsible and famous NITV and many believe that it contributed in big part to giving trust to Iranians on the goals of the Bush administration. The program took place at a time that the Islamic regime was waging an anti-US campaign intending to wage fear among Iranians by making them beleive about the hostile views of the US administration against their country.

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/cgi-bin/smccdinews/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1056693853
41 posted on 06/26/2003 11:11:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Thank you! This article about Ledeen's speech was great!

From your earlier post...

"I am hoping that no news is good news."

I would think that if they were prepared to start a reign of terror, the regime would want to make a very public demonstration of their power. That is what some of the haedliners reportedly want. I understand that they want to broadcast the executions around the country, to instill fear of the regime. If they fail to do so, then it will encourage the demonstators."

Excellent analysis! I think you are absolutely correct.

I'm praying for them...

42 posted on 06/26/2003 11:28:33 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ( My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
This thread is now closed. Please join us for all the news on the Iranian protest movement.

Iranian Alert -- DAY 18 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

Live Thread Ping List | 6.27.2003 |
Posted on 06/27/2003 12:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936466/posts
43 posted on 06/27/2003 12:08:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 11 days until July 9th)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
As the previous post stated, the regime is planning on making an example of the jailed protesters with a large number of public executions being planned for Friday.

Isn't that nice?......

The executions are based on false confessions forced from those under arrest.

Which is hardly surprising when most regimes that plan 'public executions' probably have no problem with bamboo shoots under the fingernails, immolation, decapitation, and other such undignified ways of dying...................(to say the least)....anyway,.............

They confessions allege that they are spy’s for US intelligence.

What a commie line that is...........yeah, okay, they're capitalist spies for the Zionist/ American imperialist machine.

44 posted on 06/28/2003 3:29:21 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (For or against us.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Iran is teetering..................the mullahs there are really stupid.
45 posted on 06/28/2003 3:31:19 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (For or against us.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DoctorZIn
Uniting for a Free, Democratic and Secular IranAmerican Daily

06-27-2003

The Iranian People Deserve the Free World's Support
By Owen Rathbone on 06/27/03

Iran is back in the spotlight again following a recent series of student revolts and mass gatherings calling for greater freedoms and an end to Muslim clerics’ twenty-four year stranglehold on the Iranian people. According to observers and participants, the demonstrations and displays of defiance are the most intense in five years of sporadic protests.

Whereas earlier protests were mainly against the mullahs (the Iranian word for clerics), today “moderate” President Mohammad Khatami is also being denounced for failing to implement meaningful reforms. Although many Western leaders and commentators still pin their hopes on Khatami and the possibility of reform from within, most Iranians have accepted that true change is impossible without a radical transformation of the entire political system.

The desire for democracy is not restricted to students or fringe elements in Iranian society. Disenchanted people from all backgrounds and regions have taken to the streets over the past two weeks to demand an end to the Islamic Republic and the establishment of a secular government based on democratic principles. A Christian Science Monitor poll reveals that "90 percent of Iranians want change" and "70 percent want dramatic change."

Psuedo-Liberal pundits would have us believe that the increased displays of public defiance against the Iranian clerics and government are U.S.-orchestrated and part of a wider plot to destabilize Iran and increase American influence in the region. Such characterizations not only parrot the mullah’s party line, but also do a great disservice to the Iranian people, who must endure great hardships on a daily basis.

In the late 1970s, Iran’s per capita income stood roughly equivalent to Spain’s, but since the time of the Islamic Revolution the country has experienced steady economic decline. Inflation sits at 20 percent, while unemployment has soared to 30 percent. Although Iran is rich with petroleum and natural gas, nearly 60 per cent of the population lives under the poverty line.

Far more disturbing than the dismal economic conditions in Iran is the political repression of the Iranian people. Up to 700,000 Iranians are imprisoned in secret jails, claim dissidents. Floggings, torture, mutilations, public hangings and executions are just a few of the means the conservative mullahs use to terrorize the populace.

In the past several weeks, pro-mullah vigilante paramilitary forces, many of them foreign thugs recruited from Afghanistan and other terrorist hotbeds, have scoured the country intimidating pro-democracy activists. Wielding chains, clubs, knives and guns, the vigilantes have attacked and threatened demonstrators in a brutal bid to quell dissent. According to human rights organizations, the vigilantes have even resorted to driving motorcycles into crowds to break up demonstrations and injure protesters.

In such a repressive political climate, freedom of the press is non-existent. Nearly 100 pro-reform journals and newspapers have been shut down since 1997, leaving the Internet and foreign radio and television broadcasts as the only means to spread democratic ideals. To the chagrin of the mullah authorities, hundreds of tech-savvy Iranians have become expert Internet “bloggers,” skilled at providing up-to-the-minute commentary on local developments and disseminating information from outside news sources. U.S.-based Iranian satellite TV shows have also become a favorite of viewers ranging from students to housewives.

As Iranians clamor for freedom it is worth noting the outside world’s reactions.

The U.S. government, steadfast in its principles, has expressed strong support for the demonstrators. President George W. Bush recently went on record saying that he viewed Iranians’ protests as “the beginning of people expressing themselves toward a free Iran.” U.S. National
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice echoed the President’s sentiments in a June 20 Fox News interview, stating how important it is to recognize the “rightness” of the peoples’ cause and to “let them know that there are those in the international community who care.”

In contrast to the U.S.’s highly principled response, the United Nations (UN) has been noticeably reticent. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who should be expected to side with the Iranian people, has kept tight-lipped over the pro-democracy demonstrations. Rather than expressing any overt support for greater freedoms and improved human
rights in Iran, Annan has only managed to say that "Any change in regime is a matter which only the Iranian people can decide," indirectly chiding the U.S. for rallying behind pro-democratic forces.

For good reason, Iranian political activists have lost complete faith in the UN. For more than two decades, Iranian civic groups have made repeated appeals to the UN’s Human Rights Commission only to be rebuffed. In fact, to the great anger of the Iranian pro-democracy movement, Kofi Annan has actually praised President Khatami’s “accomplishments” and the “freedoms” he has bestowed upon the Iranian > population.

The flourishing democratic nations of Western Europe have similarly displayed a marked indifference to Iranians’ pleas for democracy. While the U.S. maintains a near total ban on trade with Iran, the European Union (EU) profits handsomely from being Iran’s largest trading partner, which means that European support for true reform has been tepid at best.

The EU, through representatives such as External Affairs Commissioner Chris Patton, maintains that engagement with Khatami’s “moderate” government is the most effective means to induce positive changes in Iran. However, seeing that it is business as usual with Europe, the mullahs have unsurprisingly been reluctant to alter their oppressive
ways. The bloody clampdowns on dissidents over the past two weeks only confirm that conservative hardliners have no intention of acquiescing to the public’s demands for greater freedoms and reveal the EU position as a complete sham.

Russia is another interesting case. Eager to earn cash and curtail American power, the former communist nation has been working closely with Tehran to construct a nuclear plant in Bushehr. As Moscow stands to net some $1 billion dollars from the deal, it has remained aloof and refrained from commenting on Iranian politics. That Iran is using
Russian experts and technology to establish a clandestine nuclear weapons program seems to be of little concern to Russia. For Putin and other Russian leaders, profits take precedence over justice and regional stability in the Middle East.

It is indeed a topsy-turvy world we live in. European leaders and UN representatives were quick to vilify the U.S. government for overthrowing Saddam Hussein, one of the greatest human rights violators of modern times. These same objectors to U.S. “aggression” in Iraq are now turning a blind eye to the Iranian people. As European and other supporters of the status quo donned a false cloak of
> anti-war “morality” to further their economic or political gain in Iraq, so do they profit from the misery of the Iranian people by supporting “engagement” and “dialogue” with the mullah theocracy in Iran.

Ironically, the country Ayatollah Khomeini once called “The Great Satan” is now seen as a beacon of hope by millions of Iranians. In view of Iranians’ experiences with Europe and the UN, the United States is esteemed nationwide for its firm commitment to democratic ideals and reluctance to trade with a repressive regime. Formerly denounced for being evil, America is heralded as the only world power
that supports the change Iranians desire.

Now that the Iranian people have taken their lives into their own hands and are striving to throw off the yoke of their Islamo-fascist oppressors, they deserve the free world’s support. America, at least, has stood behind the Iranian people. It is high time other privileged nations and the UN did the same.

Owen Rathbone is a political commentator based in Seoul, South Korea.

He can be contacted at: owenrathbone@yahoo.com.
> _______________________________________________
46 posted on 06/28/2003 7:15:53 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 10 days until July 9th)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson