In Iran the Military Industrial Complex is known as ‘Sepah Pasdaran’ or ‘IRGC’ (Iran Revolutionary Guard Corp). When Khomeini came to power his Mullah Regime decided that in order to solidify their position they needed to create their own army. The definition as per Wikipedia says Revolutionary Guards, is a branch of Iran’s military, founded after the Iranian revolution on 5 May 1979. Whereas the regular military (artesh) defends Iran’s borders and maintains internal order, according to the Iranian constitution, the Revolutionary Guard (pasdaran) is intended to protect the country’s Islamic system. The Revolutionary Guards state that their role in protecting the Islamic system is preventing foreign interference as well as coups by the military or “deviant movements” In reality it was the IRGC that fought the Irq war and through that was able to create a formidable force in Iranian politics. In time the IRGC has infiltrated all aspects of Iranian government and by now owns most of the Industries. During Ahmadinejad’s presidency the Guards even gained more economic influence by purchasing many vital national businesses for logistics and other important services. In this article titled “Ahmadinejad appears to have done a deal with IRGC” from 2011 an IRGC officer becomes oil minister A major surprise in Iran this week was the appointment of General Rostam Ghasemi — who held a post with the Revolutionary Guards — as oil minister. The Mullah regime is a corrupt regime without any vision to lift Iran from its current quagmire. The Revolutionary guards have enough financial interest and influence to maintain the status quo under the force of their guns. As you can see from these articles they are controlling all aspects of the Iranian government. All war mongers are profiting from this condition.
Rouhani may seem a moderate to the outsiders and posturing to battle extremist in his government but the fact is that since he came to power the number of executions have risen. It is obvious that while the message and posture to the outside world is one of reconciliation and normalcy of relations with the West, the Mullah regime is afraid of its own citizens and feels the need to instill fear in fear of being toppled.
Israel has been demonizing the Iranian regime, just as the Iranian regime denounces Israel in every Friday prayer all over the country. Looking back at the headlines over the past few years one can see that Ahmadinejad”s rhetoric made it easy to hold up the regime as a pariah. Iran has been using its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah to wage war on Israel. It seems that the hierarchy in Israel believes that using the nuclear issue is a good way to limit Iran’s ability to support its allies in the region. However, Israel’s rhetoric over the past 6 years recorded here hasn’t changed much and hasn’t materialized. Both Bush and Obama administrations have warned Israel of preemptive attacks as the consequences will be dire. Israel on the other hand has been using Iran as a deflection for its settlement policies. Mossad chief actually admitted that even a Nuclear Iran would not be a threat to Israel. Tamir Pardo says Israel using various means to foil Iran’s nuclear program, but if Iran actually obtained nuclear weapons, it would not mean destruction of Israel. It is important to step back and examine the history before jumping to conclusions. Here is an article in NYTimes from back in 2010 that states the same. Hmm, it’s August, things are quiet, time for another wave of hysteria over an imminent Israeli attack on Iran. We’ve seen this movie for a decade – Israel’s “red line” on the Iranian nuclear program has proved of spandex-like elasticity. It is important not to be swayed by every news article but consider news in context and make an attempt to get out of historical knots that continuously lead to disastrous consequences.
What kind of a world do we live in where gross and documented human rights abuses are denied by its perpetrators without much recourse. Human Rights violations in Iran include imprisoning activist and regular citizens for exercising their human rights or simply for being in the wrong place and the wrong time, executions, corruption on a massive scale that jeopardize peoples livelihood and their opportunity for prosperity and security. Is a regime and people responsible for such gross human rights violations ever capable of reforming. As a symbol of resistance I have chosen Nasrin Sotoudeh’s picture for this post. She is a human rights lawyer that was imprisoned, and now after her release she is denied practice of law in Iran. She is protesting this injustice daily. Here is a link to news on detention and torture of human rights lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015
Everything is political in Iran. If you complain about hi prices, or if you protest some injustice, or if you create music videos and it becomes popular you are challenging the essence of the Islamic Republic and hence you are a threat and need to be silenced. I have been collecting the plight of Political prisoners (2015, 2014, 2013,…) to demonstrate the perpetual pressure exercised on the Iranian people, that is hard to comprehend by people who do not live in that reality. Looking at the curated news from each year, you will notice that the tag for Political Prisoners is the largest. It is important for people outside of Iran to understand that even though the Iranian regime is advertised as a threat to world peace, it is easy to observe that they are a bigger threat to the livelihood, security and prosperity of the people in Iran. The Friday prayer chants in Iran always end with Death to America, Death to England, Death to Israel and Death to anyone opposed to the Supreme Leader of Iran. This is a picture I took during the post election protests on Monday June 15th 2009 at the 3 million plus silent protest in Tehran. The caption says Complaint = Baton — Why?