Their indictment of the government is devastating:
Political prisoners issued a blunt statement slamming the Iranian regime for its post-election crackdown, and opposition supporters and security forces clashed at a mosque in southwestern Iran, an opposition Web site reported Friday.
“It is indeed shameful for this system to have so many prisoners of thoughts, ideals and aspirations. The ties between this regime and the people, which had been extended to each and every segment of society, are coming undone,” according to an impassioned letter from political prisoners.
The developments illustrate the tensions in Iran ahead of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Thursday. They reflect the widespread outcry among opposition supporters over the regime’s jailing, suppression and execution of demonstrators who protested the June 12 election victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared the winner over Mir Hossein Moussavi, a result seen by many Iranians as questionable or rigged.
Addressed to “the people of Iran,” the letter said the presence of political prisoners is “a dark stain on the face of this regime” and praised the opposition for its “sustained commitments” that have helped the so-called Green Movement grow, Rahesabz, an opposition Web site said.
When totalitarian regimes lose their power to terrify and intimidate, they are doomed. It may take a while, but eventually, they fall. Of course, inflationary pressures in Iran do nothing to increase the regime’s chances of surviving.