Dissidents Warn Iran´s Supreme Leader (AMERICAN THINKER) By Reza Kahlili 03/27/12)
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Ever since the fraudulent Iranian elections of 2009 -- in which
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner by Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, the supreme leader -- cracks within the Islamic
establishment have widened to unprecedented levels.
Many within the Revolutionary Guards, the very force that has
protected the clerical regime since its inception in 1979, have
become disgruntled. Former high commanders have publicly criticized
Khamenei, something that courts execution, as the regime´s clerics
have stated that obeying the supreme leader is like obeying Allah;
those disobeying him will be considered a "Mohareb," an enemy of God,
and therefore killed as justified under Islam.
Former senior Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Alaei, in an op-
ed in a state-owned newspaper, openly criticized the Islamic
leadership for suppressing the people and not allowing criticism of
the supreme leader and of the direction of the country. He came
immediately under attack by Khamenei´s supporters, the piece was
pulled from the paper´s website, and radicals attacked his home.
Last month, Iranian state-owned media announced the death of Ahmad
Sodagar, a high-ranking Guard commander. The cause of death was
listed as heart attack. Interestingly, he was the fifth Guard
commander to have "died of a heart attack" last month. Reports from
within Iran revealed that he had stated in his will that if he died
soon, it would be because of his belief in justice.
Sodagar, a major general, had served as the head of security and
intelligence of the Guards´ Khatam-al-Anbia Base and was the chief
commander of the Guards´ Prophet Mohammad Division. He had served in
the Iran-Iraq War and, at the time of his death, was the head of the
program "Defaeh Moghadas," or Holy Defense.
All commanders who have mysteriously died recently were in their
The objection to Khamenei´s iron-fisted rule is not limited to the
Guards. Many dissidents, once loyal to the regime, have been voicing
their resentment openly and are paying the price.
Mehdi Khazali, an ophthalmologist and the son of prominent hard-line
cleric Ayatollah Khazali, has long blogged about his opposition to
Khamenei and the crimes committed under his rule, revealing the cruel
conditions under which prisoners are held after phony trials. Many,
he says, were convicted as payback for their disagreement with regime
Mehdi has been in and out of prison for several years but was
detained on Jan. 9, and after 70 days of a hunger strike -- the only
option available to political prisoners in Iran to get the word out
to the world -- the regime was forced to release him just days ago
from Evin Prison.
Mehdi, now a hero to Iranians with his defiance of Khamenei´s
dictatorship, is not alone. Another dissident, Mohammad Nourizad, a
conservative journalist who himself continues to criticize Khamenei
and the regime despite being jailed, beaten, and threatened, recently
wrote his 25th open letter to Khamenei brazenly warning that not only
clerics, but Islam itself will be annihilated within the country due
to the resentment by the people against the regime.
In his last letter to Khamenei, Nourizad said, "In the years after
the revolution, we under the banner of Islam have murdered many,
confiscated people´s belongings, have filled our prisons with
disgruntled people and have expanded ignorance. What are our clerics
hoping for, what miracle are they looking for? ... I have one
solution for this great sin to be washed away, and that´s for the
clerics of Iran to burn themselves."
He warns that the ayatollahs and their supporters should not take his
words as a metaphor or as scoffing, but rather as a serious way out
of this dilemma. If they don´t set themselves on fire because of the
regime´s heinous actions and save their souls, he said, "they must be
ready to carry the coffin of Islam over their shoulders and every day
witness people´s hatred for Islam, which must be worse than dying a
thousand times for them."
The burning of the ayatollahs will be the least cost, Nourizad said,
in helping with the collapse of this criminal regime and in
preventing more killings and chaos. He said he is ready to do the
same in protest against the crimes being committed by the regime and
that if only a handful of ayatollahs would follow suit, their names
would "be carved in history that they were aligned with the
oppressed, wanting to free themselves from the tyrant."
Nourizad and many others in Iran have warned Khamenei and the clerics
that power is not everlasting, that they should look at history, and
that the day will come when people will have their say and justice
will be served.
Though tens of thousands have lost their lives at the hands of the
Islamic regime and tens of thousands wallow in prison, the West
remains quiet and still hopeful of negotiations. However, Khamenei
and his cronies are determined to see their mission, as they see it,
completed: they are mandated by Allah to defeat America and Israel,
they believe, for Islam seeks blood, and the mission won´t end until
Islam´s flag is raised in all corners of the world.
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