Sunday, February 27, 2011

State Terrorism

Well, Iran is a country that has a constitution; according to which: All people of Iran, whatever the ethnic group or tribe to which they belong, enjoy equal rights; color, race, language, and the like, do not bestow any privilege.[art 19]; All citizens of the country, both men and women, equally enjoy the protection of the law and enjoy all human, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, in conformity with Islamic criteria [art. 20] The dignity, life, property, rights, residence, and occupation of the individual are inviolate, except in cases sanctioned by law.[art. 22]
and most importantly:
No one may be arrested except by the order and in accordance with the procedure laid down by law. In case of arrest, charges with the reasons for accusation must, without delay, be communicated and explained to the accused in writing, and a provisional dossier must be forwarded to the competent judicial authorities within a maximum of twenty-four hours so that the preliminaries to the trial can be completed as swiftly as possible. The violation of this article will be liable to punishment in accordance with the law.

However, after almost three weeks of vandalism and goonism, the leaders of the opposition in Iran have gone missing! No more security forced patroling their neighborhood and imprisoning them at home; the glasses of Karoubi's complex broken, the daughters of Mousavi are dead worried about their missing parentS; and the sons of Karoubi are warning that should anything happen to their parentS, they will hold the state responsible. No one is accountable, no one from the government or the judiciary is speaking about what has happened to them, no charges have been laid, no endictment issued. As my friend Pedestrian puts it, they are just earased!

For years, I have argued against the charges of the IRI being a terrorist state; but if this is not state terrorism, what is?


Pedestrian said...

Naj, what you say is so true. That's been the hardest part of this. I've ALWAYS defended the IRI whenever I thought it was being unfairly charged with allegations of state terrorism ... But I find myself being able to do that less and less. They ARE terrorists. I can't argue otherwise anymore (though of course that doesn't justify the neocon visions of attacks, sanctions, etc). I just mean that they've made it so hard to defend them, even for people who would always try.

Naj said...

Well Ped, I hope they read our blogs and realize how dangerous their actions have become. I feel the war-mongers of the world (the oil/war pimps) are grinning with joy ...