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Published Tuesday, June 22, 2004



PARIS, 22 June (IPS) “By giving free arena to new hard line voices connected to the ruling conservatives, the regime is returning to its former demons of the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, saying goodbye to the era of détente initiated by President Mohammad Khatami”, according to Dr. Qasem Sho’leh Sa’di, a former Member of the Majles now leading the movement of Iranian neo-reformists.

Commenting for the Persian service of Radio France International (RFI) recent declarations by a certain Dr. Hasan Abbasi, an ideologue for the Revolutionary Guards and animator of the so-called “Centre For Recruiting Suicide Volunteers” threatening some Persian Gulf emirates, Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di, a respected lawyer and university professor said “such statements demonstrates the regime’s desire and tendency to renew with a policy of generalised antagonism”.

In a meeting with some newly recruits, Dr. Abbasi, who is sitting in the new conservative-dominated Majles as a representative of the Ansar Hezbollah, a pressure group controlled by hard liners warned Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar “not to become a base of the enemies of the Islamic Republic or they would face a deluge of Iranian bullets”.

The Centre for Recruiting Suicide Volunteers aims at organising Muslim volunteers to fight the Americans and other “infidel” forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Muslim world by the mean of suicide operations.

According to Mr. Abbasi, the Centre has already listed “thousands” of volunteers and aims at recruiting “at least 40 millions, ready to go on the battle front the moment Ayatollah Khameneh'i decides”.

The Centre for Recruiting Suicide Volunteers aims at organising Muslim volunteers to fight the Americans and other “infidel” forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Muslim world by the mean of suicide operations.

He said the Centre has designated 29 objectives, including some in the United States. “The list of the targets has also been passed on to other (terrorist) organisations around the world and they could be hit by the suicide volunteers who had been trained for the purposes”, he indicated.

Attacking also liberal democracy, Mr. Abbasi said, “We have to uproot liberal democracy from the face of the world to prepare the ground for the return of Mahdi (Shi’a Muslims twelfth and last imam who went into hiding more than a thousands years ago at the age of eight).

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“With the reformists out of the race and President Khatami becoming a virtual yes man of the conservatives in the one hand and clouds getting darker over the head of the Islamic Republic, the regime is facing serious challenges and threats from both outside and inside”, Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di told RFI.

The author of a famous open letter written more than a year to Mr. Ali Khameneh'i, the leader of the Islamic Republic questioning both his clerical rank by addressing to him as “Hojjatoleslam” rather than the usual “Ayatollah” and his domestic and foreign policies, particularly his stubborn opposition to any dialogue with Washington, Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di who now is launching the Party of Iranians for Democracy with fellow companions like Dr. Mohammad Mohsen Sazegara, was jailed for forty days on charges of activities against the regime and offences to the leader.

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Pointing out to the recent harsh Resolution approved by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the initiative of Britain, France and Germany and the Dublin-sponsored statement by the 25-members European Union “deploring” Iran’s lack of clear-cut and full cooperation with the Vienna-based IAEA and the worsening condition of human rights, Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di warned that “by taking wrong decisions and making wrong policies, the hard liners have laid down the bed for foreign menaces. Seemingly, this what they are after, now than they have no more friends nowhere in the world”.

“Statements by people like Mr. Abbasi is part of the new policies adopted by the conservatives. It is part of the carrot and stick, as seen with the IAEA. In the one hand, and considering that Abbasi and company are connected to the hard liners, they send messages to the world leaders. But at the same time, they can always retreat back, saying the threatening declarations are made by independent people with no official responsibilities”, he commented.

“With the reformists out of the race and President Khatami becoming a virtual yes man of the conservatives, clouds getting darker over the head of the Islamic Republic.

Though the new MMs, -- the great majority of them approved by the leader-controlled Council of the Guardians that had barred hundreds of reformist candidates from running for the last Legislative race that took place on February – had been told not to become political like the last parliament meddling with national and foreign policies and pay more attention to people’s real problems, such as job and security, but they started work with shouts of down to America and continued with menacing the international nuclear watchdog of getting Iran out of the Non Proliferation Treaty and not signing the Additional Protocol to the NPT, as promised by Tehran last October.

“These people are hand picked by the Council of the Guardians and the conservatives and they have to respond to what the ruling hard liners expects them to do”, Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di went on, predicting more difficult times ahead for the Iranian people and in Iran’s relations with the international community.

“However, the more they increase oppressions and crackdowns, the more they antagonise the world outside, the more they get unpopular hat home and the more isolated abroad, hastening their own count down”, he concluded. ENDS SHO’LEH SA’DI COMMENTS 22604

 

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As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at http://wwwdamavandsafa.blogspot.com


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The author of a famous open letter written more than a year to Mr. Ali Khameneh'i, addressing to him as “Hojjatoleslam” rather than the usual “Ayatollah”, Mr. Sho’leh Sa’di was jailed for forty days on charges of activities against the regime and offences to the leader.



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