An Iran Roundup

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 30, 2011

1. I am sure that this kind of childish behavior impresses some people, and wins the favor of the degenerates who run Iran’s theocratic regime, but it is an expression of rank cowardice in my book, and in the books of millions of Iranians, who deserve better than to be represented on the world stage by the likes of Ehsan Ghaem Maghami. More here.

2. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to lose chess games of his own. More here. Remember when this guy was the little darling of the hardliners? Now, they can’t stand him. Of course, I’m rooting for injuries in the battle between Ahmadinejad and the clerics, but I am sure that the Iranian people would prefer to have a functioning, mature political class committed to working to solve Iran’s many problems, rather than fighting amongst themselves when they are not busy trying to oppress the Iranian people. As the New York Times story notes, discussions regarding the abolition of the presidency are certainly meant as shots at Ahmadinejad, but they are also meant to ensure that the theocratic regime never again has to deal with the situation they had to deal with in 2009, when the Green movement legitimately defeated the hardliners at the ballot box, and the hardliners had to steal the election, bludgeon protesters, and torture and murder dissidents in order to preserve their hold on power. Preserving the ability of prominent regime figures to steal money, and to concoct and implement financial schemes that benefit them at the expense of the Iranian people is also a priority for the hardliners in charge of the government.

3. When we think about those who are oppressed in Iran, let’s not forget the Baha’is. The following statement–quoted in the article–accurately sums up the feelings of Iranians who are outraged by the theocratic regime’s desire to crush the Baha’i community: “As Iranian human beings we are ashamed for what has been perpetrated upon the Bahais in the last century and a half in Iran.”

4. It says something about the regime’s human rights record that this constitutes a triumph for the forces of decency and humanity.

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