First Published: 2009-07-13

Iran's Crises Would be Solved Domestically

Those ignorant experts who are now portraying Mir-Hossein Mousavi as the 'opposition leader' have forgotten simplistically that Mousavi was for 10 years one of the most cordial allies of the Late Imam Khomeini, the founder of Islamic Revolution, and his popular prime minister, notes Kourosh Ziabari.


Middle East Online

They've mobilized their facilities, packed their luggage and set off their missions to distort, spread out, "separate and rule", "divide and conquer".

Everything began on the eve of June 13's gloaming, the grumbling and whining Saturday of the late spring, when the astounding outcomes of the 10th presidential elections in Iran was chanted by the mass media and electoral commissions, and that was the very beginning of a communal bewilderment and perplexity all over the country, and around the world as well. The friends and enemies, supporters and dissidents, compatriots and strangers, internals and externals, everybody was amazed by the results of the most dynamic presidential elections in the contemporary history of Iran; the incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected by a vast majority of 63%, thumping the reformist rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi by a discrepancy of 11 million votes.

Even the most optimistic fans of Mr. Ahmadinejad could not foretell a 24.5m victory will be achieved by their beloved candidate whom in the most realistic situation, would have been beating the reformist contender in a run-off round after coming to a close standoff in the first round; however, everything was over and the congratulatory message of the Supreme Leader had arrived: "the elections of Khordad 22 (June 12) with the creative performance of Iranian nation, set a new record in the long sequence of national elections. The 80% turnout on the ballots and the 24m votes of people to the president-elect is a pure festivity which can guarantee the country's improvement and progression, national security and sustainable contentment with the divine patronages and assistances."

That was the commencement of protests by the foremost failed candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who could never imagine losing with such a soaring discrepancy. He accused the electoral commission of fraud and manipulation in the elections, and expressed that he would not recognize the results, calling for the annulment of the whole elections.

This was the allegation which the electoral commission denied from the very early moment and declared its readiness to publicize all of the detailed documentations and evidences to prove the healthiness and purity of the elections. They told the public media that we will publish the details of each ballot, an unprecedented elaboration of details which has never been done over the past 30 years.

Mousavi, however, began to issue statements and fervent declarations, calling his supporters to pour into the streets and mount demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands of his fans paid homage to the call of their popular 67-year old former prime minister, and stormed out into the streets of Tehran, creating scenes which the foreign correspondents described as "unprecedented" after the Islamic revolution.

How the complexity pulls in

The rallies were going on peacefully at the beginning, and people would just chant slogans such as "where are my votes", "I want my votes back" or "I've voted green, why it's vanished".

The rallies lasted for some 3 days, and the tensions gradually began to arouse. The western media outlets, especially those of UK and U.S., who would never give up such precious and invaluable opportunity to put an extravagant and "exclusive" coverage on Iran, seized the most infinitesimal chances, and turned them into the most spacious grounds for airing black propaganda.

CNN established its special "Iran desk", and BBC Persian TV added some 3 hours to its regular daily coverage. Encouragements for the continuation of rallies, strikes and protests progressively began to turn up from the foreign radio and TV stations, particularly the Persian section of Radio Israel whose "experts" would fervently advocate the expansion of unrest to the large cities all around the country, instead of "concentrating" them in Tehran.

Riots and rebels, the former fighters of the paramilitary group MKO which the U.S. Department of State recognizes as a terrorist organization, the Israel-linked suicidal bombers being partially systematized by the foreign forces to carry out destructive actions, and the unorganized flocks of hooligans were soon scattered all over the country, starting to revolt and rise amidst the peaceful and political demonstrations, performing mischievous actions and divesting the longstanding peace and stability from the country.

Plainclothes and anti-rebel polices came to action, and a number of supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, as well as some religious students were arrested, shot or killed along with the mutineers and insurgents. The death toll rose to 19 – the official stats – and according to the state-run Press TV, the members of Hashemi Rafsanjani family were arrested, while they were released immediately.

Deteriorating foreign interventions

Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced that it has arrested a number of "main agents", who masterminded the recent post-election violence in Tehran, and also announced that the fingertips of the U.S.-backed MKO fighters who were among the main intensifiers of street unrest in Tehran were detected among the riots.

The moderate conservative Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani, recommended the "relevant authorities" to issue proper certifications for the rallies of protestors and those who want an electoral recount, so that the account of political protest could be cleared from the anti-security rebellion and terrorist insurgence. He also criticized some of the members of the Guardian Council for taking the side of a certain candidate in the elections, adding that "a majority of people are of the opinion that the actual election results are different than what was officially announced."

From the overseas stage, however, in unprecedented statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded the Iran's elections as thoroughly fraud and deplored the "violence" which is erupting all over the country: "the extent of the fraud is proportional to the violent reaction… if Ahmadinejad has really made progress since the last election and if he really represents two thirds of the electorate... why has this violence erupted?"

A few days later, however, after the remarks of Iran's Supreme Leader at the Friday prayer's sermon, attacking "certain western leaders" for "intervening in Iran's internal affairs" appeared on the frontpage of newspapers and made the global headlines, Sarkozy made another statement, alleviating his tone: "We don't want to give the impression that foreigners ... are getting involved in the elections in Iran...but when you have to condemn, you condemn."

In a similar remark, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "deep concerns" over the elections' result and the aftermaths in Iran. In a joint statement, the EU leaders also expressed their concerns and called for a precise investigation and probe into the electoral results.

Despite having been making frequent comments on the Iranian elections of 2009, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband rejected the allegations of interference of foreign countries in the post-election unrest in Iran, while he insisted again that "it's … for the Iranian authorities to ensure the fairness of the result and the protection of their own people."

The obscured realities

The peaceful demonstrations of the pro-reform supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi who were urging an official "respect" to their votes and the clear probe of authorities in the results is now blended with the un-political and terrorist insurgence, forced by the external hands who have been waiting for long to see the collective destabilization of Iran's political situation to advocate their ill-wills freely and sow the seeds of disagreement and insecurity in on of the most secure countries of the region.

Those ignorant experts who are now portraying Mir-Hossein Mousavi as the "opposition leader" have forgotten simplistically that Mousavi was for 10 years one of the most cordial allies of the Late Imam Khomeini, the founder of Islamic Revolution, and his popular prime minister.

In order to persuade Ayatollah Khamenei who was reluctant to endorse Mousavi as the prime minister for a second term during his presidency, Imam Khomeini declared this historic sentence that perpetuated Mir-Hossein Mousavi as one of the fundamental hallmarks of the Islamic Revolution: "As a citizen, I announce that selecting anyone except this gentleman (Mir-Hossein Mousavi) is a treachery to Islam."

Also those foreign pundits, media outlets, leaders and think thanks that are fueling the flames of inconsistency and incongruity inside Iran by propagating the idea of fraud and vote-tampering in the recent elections have forgotten the results of the pre-election polls by the non-Iranian institutions.

Based on a nationwide survey conducted by the Terror Free Tomorrow between May 11 and May 20 in Iran with a claimed margin of error of 3.1%, 34% of the respondents said that they would vote for incumbent President Ahmadinejad, 14% said that they would vote for Mir-Hossein Mousavi, 2% said that they would vote for Mehdi Karroubi, and 1% said that they would vote for Mohsen Rezai. This opinion poll was conducted with the participation of 1001 interviewees, proportionally distributed in all of the 30 provinces of Iran. The survey was funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and is considered to be the first of its type in Iran since 2002.

Notwithstanding the protests and demonstrations which are underway in Iran, the unbiased political analysts believe that the recent incidents are a sign of political maturity in Iran; people are learning to display their protest and dissatisfaction through peaceful and civic ways, and the government is trying to mitigate the past pressures and let more societal freedoms be flowed throughout the country.

If we remove the abusive conduct of the rebels, foreign-linked terrorists and unorganized hooligans from the political protests, and if the police forces would have treated more harmoniously and less autonomously, the post-election protests in Iran could have been a pure incarnation of the popular democracy in the oil-rich Persian Gulf country which is striding toward the installation of people's will in all of the stages.

It's a proved fact that the external forces, in line with their traditions of Imperial age, have mobilized their facilities, packed their luggage and set off their missions to distort, spread out, "separate and rule", "divide and conquer".

However, it's not too late, and if the foreign leaders, mainstream media and the evil terrorist organizations leave the internal security and domestic politics of Iran to its people, everything will be brought back to tranquility and normality. Iran does not need "moderators" as the influential political figureheads inside the country, especially the reformist leaders who have invested their long-time energy, resources and efforts to improve the people's lives and Islamic republic's dignity, are prone to find different "domestic" shortcuts and solutions to investigate and resolve their problems and predicaments.

Kourosh Ziabari, a freelance journalist and reporter in Iran, works regularly with Tlaxcala and Foreign Policy Journal.


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