A Grand Show of Lies
by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles
23 Sep 2010 23:14
"No newspaper in Iran has been closed for criticizing me and my government":
This is while just since last year's rigged election, many newspapers have been closed, precisely because of their criticisms, most notably the daily E'temad Melli, Mehdi Karrobi's newspaper, and Kalameh Sabz, Mir Hossein Mousavi's daily.
"Iran is the freest country in the world":
This is while there are at least 800 political prisoners in Iran whose sole "offense" has been protesting the terrible state of the nation, at least 110 people have been killed since last year during demonstrations and in detention centers, at least two prominent supporters of the Green Movement have been assassinated, and at least eight people have been executed.
"The judiciary is completely independent in Iran":
This is while the main advisor of Sadegh Larijani, the judiciary chief, is Brigadier General Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr, the hardline Revolutionary Guard commander, and according to many reports from Tehran, the jail terms that have been given to many prominent political prisoners have been imposed by the security forces.
"Sanctions are not important":
This is while even the conservatives acknowledge that sanctions have been hurting, the price of practically everything has gone through the roof, many European banks refuse to do business with Iran, and all the major European oil companies have pulled out of the country.
"Sakineh Mohammadi has not been condemned to death by stoning":
This is while activists have already posted a copy of the judiciary verdict and punishment for her, and the judiciary chief of East Azerbaijan province, where Mohammadi is from, has stated repeatedly that she will be executed as soon as Sadegh Larijani gives the go-ahead.
"No one has been imprisoned for taking part in demonstrations":
This is while the Tehran police chief acknowledged last year that on the anniversary of the Revolution on February 12 alone, 20,000 people had been arrested.
"No one is tortured in Iran":
This is while Mehdi Karroubi presented irrefutable evidence of torture and rape in the jails and detention centers. In fact, torture and rape became so prevalent at Kahrizak detention center that after Mohsen Ruholamini, a son of a prominent conservative, Dr. Abdolhossein Ruholamini, was murdered there, Ayatollah Khamenei was prompted to order its closure.
"Fidel Castro called me and denied what was attributed to him about me":
This is while Fidel strongly criticized Ahmadinejad for his denial of the Holocaust and advised him to study the history, and no denial has been issued by Fidel or the Cuban government.
"I am not in favor of killing anyone":
This is while he has threatened his critics repeatedly that he and his supporters will crush their heads, and has used some of the harshest language imaginable to attack the democratic opposition.
"Our critics and competitors are freely active in Iran":
This is while the main leaders and supporters of the Green Movement are either in jail, or under virtual house arrest, and the main reformist political groups, the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Organization of Islamic Revolution Mojahedin, have been outlawed.
"Israel cannot attack Iran":
This is while Israel is armed with a completely modernized air force, supplied by the United States, has been carrying out many exercises, and has reportedly reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia to use its airspace to bomb Iran.
The above is just a partial sample. Amid his sea of lies, Ahmadinejad did state one bit of truth:
"The future belongs to Iran."
Yes, a democratic future without him and his supporters in power.
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