While the international key powers held a conference in London on last Wednesday to review the new set of U.N sanctions on Iran in case the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) refused to stop uranium enrichment, President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nezhad reapeted that his regime will not bow to them. The unpopular President, who has the audacity to talk in behalf of the nation, said “the Iranian nation will continue insisting on its right to nuclear technology”.
The difference is however clear; the IRI does not accept any uranium suspension as a precondition of talks whereas the international community does accept the enrichment under some circumstances. At the same time, as most Iranians and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has often expressed, there is no reason why Iran should not have nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. In fact, Iran could peacefully use nuclear energy as a part of its energy supplies and enrich its fuel for an industrial scale if the country was ruled by a peaceful regime.
As seen by its early clandestine nuclear programme and its bellicose behaviour, the nuclear programme of the IRI is highly suspected to have a peaceful perspective.
However, it is for any school kid in Iran clear that the ill-fated national economy and undeveloped technology in Iran is far to be patched with the alleged “peaceful” nuclear programme. Under such conditions, most Iranians believe that IRI’s nuclear plants are not an alternative to the Iranian carbon-based fuels.
As seen by its early clandestine nuclear programme and its bellicose behaviour, the nuclear programme of the IRI is highly suspected to have a peaceful perspective. We have seen several cases revealing of military ambitions of the regime; which traces the leak of such information to the Baghdad-based Mojahedeen Khalq Organisation or even to its own officials.
The new suspect is Mr. Mohammad Hoseyn Moussavian, who was the Iranian ambassador in Germany, coordinating many IRI’s crimes in Europe. He finally was promoted to high responsibilities in the IRI’s atom dossier. Today he sits in the notorious Evin prison for alleged espionage, probably because through him the West could spy out the military ambitions of IRI’s nuclear programme.
IRI’s nuclear ambitions, with so prodigious costs and drastic risks but less profitability than exploitation of other resources such as oil and natural gas, cannot be uniquely an issue of energy industry benefits. Knowing regime’s dreams of expanding its political Islam in the world, nuclear can serve as a military double-edged sword; it safeguards the established reign of Islam in Iran and protects the planned political Islam in the world.
According to the sources close to some factions of the regime, IRI’s nuclear programme will certainly provoke more and more UN economic sanctions on Iran; furthermore, the damage caused by the sanctions cannot be compensated through outcomes of nuclear plants, if these are ever functional.
The IRI apparently ignores the US sophisticated ships swarming in the Persian Gulf. They have modern missiles on board, and deadly fighter jets. Yet, despite of a possible military attack on Iran, despite of deadlines and incentives package, despite of many controversial views within different factions of the regime, despite of the steady growing unpopularity of the regime, the IRI stubbornly continues its nuclear programme
The question is why? Those who know warmongering of IRI’s founder, the Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini and that of his offspring, are sure that the IRI will not and cannot abandon its nuclear programme because it is “divinely” linked to its dream of global islamisation.
Furthermore, the ruling mollahs know that today the sword of Islam cannot achieve the Golden Age of Islamic Caliphate to safeguard Islam and expand “dar-al Islam” (territory of Islam).
The sword of Islam is so rusty that it could not effectively defend the Iranian- backed Lebanese Hezbollah from the recent Israeli attacks or, worse, it cannot free the occupied “Islamic” territory of Palestine from the “arch foe of Islam”, “Zionist” Israel, neither can free Iraq from the “satanic” US . Since this rusty sword and bellicose strategy of the IRI cannot practically complement each other, today political Islam needs a sharp sword or in shorts a new, efficient weapon to get out of this predicament.
Therefore, IRI’s nuclear programme would stand for the most efficient weapon.
“Seif-al-Islam” (sword of Islam) must now be replaced with an efficient arm or “atom-al-Allah”. Desisting from such an arm would be in breach of “jihad fi sabil Allah” (war for the cause of Allah)
So, mollahs and all their non-turbaned relics in Iran are so embroiled in a universal utopia of political Islam that it is difficult to see a peaceful solution to the current atom conflict with the international community
Even if a character like Ahmadi-Nezhad bluffs on his nuclear ambitions to divert the international community from the real dimensions of nuclear programme by spouting a load of pretentious nonsense, thinking people are stupid enough to believe him, one should think of nuclear as a dreamful tool of “global God’s state”. Is there any sane consciousness not to see that the massive networks of propaganda and all IRI’s repressive organs are at work to accomplish this “divine” job?
Even if domestic and international pressures can compel the regime to temporarily and tactically suspend its uranium enrichment; the freedom-loving Iranians along with all people who are threatened by Islamists want to know:
+++ Who can guarantee that the regime will not continue its nuclear project, as it was secretly continuing during the first two decades?
The mollahs and all their non-turbaned relics in Iran are so embroiled in a universal utopia of political Islam that it is difficult to see a peaceful solution to the current atom conflict with the international community
+++ What are the experience and logic that prove that the regime is trustful to respect very basic international accords?
Therefore, I would like to ask several questions from the Iranian democratic opposition, the one who is supposed to replace the current Islamic regime. Let’s be straight and realistic to ask the opposition about its position when the following events happen:
A) If mollahs after all do not halt their nuclear programme and further sets of UN economic sanctions will be imposed, what kind of sanctions on the IRI, not the people, will the opposition suggest?
B) In which side will the opposition stand if the US / UK attack on Iran
C) If with UN mandate, as it was the case of ex-Yugoslavia, the international community attacks on Iran, what is the position of the opposition?
D) What kinds of solutions does the opposition consider if Iranian people cannot alone sweep away the whole Islamic regime before it gets the bomb as a guarantee for its reign?
I do address these remarks because I think that Iranian people are the first victims of the IRI’s atrocities. The IRI is not only a danger for the world of “infidels”; it is rather a life-threatening for our people, therefore the main question is:
Does the Iranian opposition have ever thought if one day nuclear weapon would fall in the hand of IRI’s devotees like Basijis and jihadis to protect their “God’s state” against “profane” people
What concerns the Iranian democratic opposition is to realise that the standoff is not only between the IRI and the international community, but more dangerously between the IRI and Iranian people.
I think that the current conflict between the international community and IRI’s nuclear programme can be actively and independently solved by the democratic opposition. This is an occasion to internationally isolate the regime. The task must be highlighting the IRI’s dreadful human rights-record and consequently putting the legitimacy of the IRI under question. Why should not the democratic opposition open a new debate about the options of profiting the occasion?
Although under any totalitarian regime, especially that of the IRI, fooling people and adversaries is a crude but common form, an increasing number of Iranians wonder: what the opposition is doing when a totalitarian regime like the IRI systematically stands against its people and does not give up the power in a peaceful process? ENDS RASHIDIAN 8507
Editor's note: Mr. Rashidian is an Iranian political activist living in Germany.
He is a regular contributor to IPS and some other popular Iranian internet sites, like Iranian.com, based in Los Angeles.