Iranische Geschichtspolitik: Die Toten sind untot

Und die Toten wackeln auf ihre Art an den historischen Fundamenten der Islamischen Republik Iran. Niemand entkommt seiner Vergangenheit. Und irgendwann, irgendwann werden sich die Massengräber auch hier öffnen. Nicht nur für Historiker spannend, enduring america über ein neues Kampffeld innerhalb des Establisments.

I cannot help getting the feeling that officials are using nationally important information for their personal or factional gain, yet one effect of these disclosures is that they will further erode the Islamic Republic’s historical foundations. In this crisis, the regime’s important days being tarnished: Qods [Jerusalem] Day in became “not Gaza, Not Lebanon” day, 13 Aban [in November] was a day when the regime’s commemoration was so heavily guarded that it looked as if its marchers were prisoners, 16 Azar [National Students Day in December] became an occasion on which universities across the country voiced their protests, the funeral of a Grand Ayatollah Montazeri in the holy city of Qom turned into an anti-Khamenei demonstration, the religious celebration of Ashura [27 December] became a day on which the regime murdered its own citizens on the street, 22 Bahman [11 February] saw Iranian cities turned into military camps, and 14 Khordad [4 June] saw the humiliation by regime insiders of the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini on the anniversary of his death.

Now the carefully guarded regime-backed version of the Iran-Iraq War is being disputed by regime insiders.

Next chapter to come soon?

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Three Americans Held Captive in Iran: One Year and Counting

Phyllis Chesler berichtet:

One year ago, Shane Michael Bauer/Bower, Joshua Fattal (whose father is of Iraqi descent), and Sarah Emily Shourd, three young American hikers, were arrested by Iranian forces for having wandered too close to the Iranian border. Charged with “espionage,” they remain in the dreadful Evin Prison. Today, Amnesty International has finally demanded their release. Malcolm Smart, Amnesty’s International Middle East and North Africa Program director says:

“It appears clear that the Iranian authorities do not have substantial grounds to prosecute these three individuals, and we fear that they may be held on account of their nationality.”

Has Mr. Smart–have people–forgotten that in 1979, Khomeini’s young Iranian thugs (Ahmadinejad was probably among them) arrested and detained 52 American diplomats and Embassy personnel and held them hostage for 444 days? And that President Carter did not rescue them nor did he seem to understand that this was the outbreak of the Third Wave of Islamic Jihad against the West? [Weiterlesen…]

Selbst der Appeaser in Chief appelliert öffentlich an die „Islamische Republik“, die Gefangenen freizulassen – sie werden seinem höflich vorgetragenen Wunsch sicher entsprechen, die Herren Islamfaschisten.

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Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!

Super Video:

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Die Gefahr wirksamer Sanktionen

Die von der EU gegenüber der „Islamischen Republik“ verhängten Sanktionen zeigen erste Wirkungen. Ob man sich darüber freuen soll oder nicht, ist allerdings fraglich. Im Wall Street Journal Europe wird etwa auf die Gefahren allzu wirksamer Sanktionen hingewiesen:

So the danger going forward is twofold: First, the listed companies will no doubt try to hand the baton to successor firms, as Iran has done in the past. The second is that Europe’s unity of purpose could crumble if the sanctions begin to have real effect and Iran responds by returning to the negotiating table—demanding, in return, that the sanctions be lifted.

Europe, to say nothing of the Obama Administration, might be tempted by such an offer, but accepting it would undermine any previous progress. If negotiations have any hope of working, it will only be because Tehran concludes that the cost of becoming a nuclear power exceeds what it perceives to be the benefits. We’re skeptical that these latest sanctions will work against a regime that wants a bomb in order to become a dominant regional power, but at least the EU is finally doing more than going through the diplomatic motions.

Iran starts feeling heat

Charles Krauthammer in der Washington Post:

They [the United States and Israel] have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months.

— Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, July 26

President Ahmadinejad has a penchant for the somewhat loony, as when last weekend he denounced Paul the Octopus, omniscient predictor of eight consecutive World Cup matches, as a symbol of decadence and purveyor of „Western propaganda and superstition.“

But for all his clownishness, Ahmadinejad is nonetheless calculating and dangerous. What „two countries“ was he talking about? They seem logically to be Lebanon and Syria. Hezbollah in Lebanon has armed itself with 50,000 rockets and made clear that it is in a position to start a war at any time. Fighting on this scale would immediately bring in Syria, which would in turn invite Iranian intervention in defense of its major Arab clients — and of the first Persian beachhead on the Mediterranean in 1,400 years. [Weiterlesen…]

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Nuklear vergammelte Schweineblut-Zigaretten

Ja, die gibt’s tatsächlich – zumindest wenn man iranischen Behörden Glauben schenkt:

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