USADI Dispatch

Volume VII, No. 1

A publication of the U.S. Alliance for Democratic Iran

  January 5, 2010




Commentary by

U.S. Alliance for Democratic Iran


The Message in Iran Slogans

For years, despite all the tell-tale signs of a growing opposition in Iran, many pundits depicted the ruling government as well-entrenched and enjoying significant popular legitimacy. This served as a seemingly solid, albeit unfounded, rational for them to advocate the status-quo.

Then came the tsunami of popular dissent resulting from thirty some years of ayatollahs’ plunder and murder, unleashed by the appearance of massive fissures at the top of the ruling establishment following the last June’s sham elections.

Still, these pundits, although astonished by the size and ferocity of the nation-wide uprisings, ominously heralded the quick demise of the movement, at the first sight of the state-sanctioned crackdown. They still kept on insisting that diplomatic engagement with Tehran should be pressed on.

Six months later, the relentless Iranian protesters, in millions and with their awesome tenacity and bravery, have proved these “Iran experts” and their interlocutors among Western policymakers wrong. Not only the dissidents have survived a viscous suppression of the rulers’ multi-layered security apparatus, they have, with chants of “Down with Khamenei, Down with the dictator,” and with their bludgeoned heads and bloodied bodies, shown that they desire nothing less than the end of the entire regime of mullahs' fascist dictatorship.

They want their country back, they envisions a democratic Iran. They are not anti-Islam, but they strive for a secular government where the popular will, and not that of a demagogue clergy, claiming to be the regent of God on earth, drives their nation.

With each uprising, they have also shown that they have a great awareness of the world around them and of those capitals that still, for a variety of political and economical benefits, shamelessly hang their hats on the murderous regime in Tehran or seek negotiations with them. They chant “No Ghaza, No Lebanon, my life for Iran, “Down with Russia,” and “Obama, Obama, either you are with us (people) or them (the ruling establishment).”

They are surely monitoring the European Union where a Parliamentary delegation was due to travel to Tehran this week despite strong criticism from lawmakers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries. They are also watching Senator John Kerry who intended to go to Tehran for an official visit.

Both plans were reportedly rejected by the Tehran regime, which is in a definitive fight for its survival. Evidently the Khamenei-Ahmadinejad gang and their paid-with-the-oil-money thugs are too busy with cracking heads and murdering and raping arrested protesters to have time for diplomatic breakthroughs, even for long-distance friends such as Sen. Kerry and a handful of European MPs.

Meanwhile, as President Obama’s year-end nuclear deadline for Iran falls flat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given a new meaning to the term “deadline." On Monday, she said that there is no hard-and-fast deadline for Iran to respond and that the US wants to “keep the door open to dialogue.”

With the speed and ferocity things are moving toward a regime change in Iran, there is a good chance that, unlike the strategically disastrous policy flap of the United States over Mossadeq’s nationalist government in 1953, the current administration will find itself apologizing to the Iranians long before its term is over. (USADI)


Iran's desperate regime

San Francisco Chronicle

Sunday, January 3, 2010

What's happening in Iran looks more and more like a civil war.

Since the enormous Dec. 27 protests in Tehran and other cities, the regime has arrested more than a thousand people. It has declared that it will no longer "tolerate" dissent. It has killed the relatives of opposition leaders, jailed thousands of protesters, raped and tortured dissidents, called the protests a foreign plot, and ordered rallies of its own, which brought out hundreds of thousands of people.

And still the unrest continues. Six months after the disputed presidential election, Iran's leadership still doesn't have legitimacy. And no amount of ruthlessness and brutality will grant it. It's the worst internal crisis in the 30 years of the Islamic regime, and it couldn't have come at a worse time.

With stronger foreign sanctions widely expected in 2010, the regime desperately needs the united support of its people. But the crackdown, brutal as it is, has failed to quell the opposition, and government officials are fighting among themselves about what to do next... The protesters are brave to put their lives on the line. But what they're really showing the regime is what its own death will look like... Full Story

In protesters' fight for justice in Iran,

U.S. stands on the sidelines

By William Kristol

The Washington Post
Friday, January 1, 2010

"Along with all free nations, the United States stands with those who seek their universal rights."

That was President Obama on Monday, expressing solidarity with the people of Iran -- and also acknowledging that the world is crucially divided into free nations and unfree ones.

The free nations tend to acknowledge the existence of universal rights. Those rights include the right of the governed to consent to their government. And from this it follows "that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

As Obama said Monday, the Iranian regime is engaged in "the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens," using the "iron fist of brutality, even on solemn occasions and holy days" when "the Iranian people have sought nothing more than to exercise their universal rights." It governs "through fear and tyranny." It follows, then, that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has become destructive of the just ends of government...

The United States has not even begun to do what it could -- rhetorically and concretely, diplomatically and economically, publicly and covertly, multilaterally and unilaterally -- to try to help the Iranian people change the regime of fear and tyranny that denies them justice.

Regime change in Iran in 2010 -- now that would be change to believe in...
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Change at hand in Iran
The Baltimore Sun
By Alireza Jafarzadeh

January 5, 2010

With the people rising up, now is the time for tough measures, not concessions

In streets across Iran, on rooftops late at night and city walls, the cry now is "Death to Khamenei!" and "Death to the dictator!" There is no question that the nationwide uprisings target nothing less than the foundation of Iran's ruling theocracy.

After seven months of murder, rape and torture, the arrests of hundreds of dissidents, and a brutal crackdown in the streets, the theocratic regime has failed to turn back the movement. Both the opposition and the regime are on an irreversible path that can only lead to the latter's downfall. As the opposition deepens and spreads, the political fissures at the top, including within the clergy, will also expand. There is no going back.

The increasingly desperate regime will resort to more violence in coming weeks. The trend was evident in the scale of brutality displayed by the regime's security forces last week on the Shiite holy day of Ashura. Hundreds of protesters were wounded and at least 11 killed when storm troopers opened fire. But the brute force is no longer decisive or even effective. A video on YouTube shows a young woman shouting back at a government agent filming her: "Take my picture, film my face - you can't silence me."

The wheels of change ending the reign of the mullahs' regime are rolling, and it is a matter of when, not if. As one protester recently told an American newspaper, "At the end, this government must go." ... Full Story


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