Iran Hopes

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

I have received reports from a number of towns that Basij (Sepah's militia) are active there trying to encourage people to vote for Ahmadi Nejad on Friday. This is done in a variety of ways including offering poeple money and clothes and provoking their "sense of dignity". These reports come from these Iranian towns: Klardasht, Lahijan, Asataneh, Birjand, Neyshabour, Garmsar, Varamin, and Zanjan. In one case, I am told, that Basijis personally approach peoples' houses, asking for the 'man/elder of the household' to come to talk to them. Then, they go on to give advise to the men that if they feel responsible for their family members, especially their women (Namouss) they must vote for Ahmadi Nejad, who will, they claim, protect their honour.
It now seems that Basijis have been perfectly organized and directed from since well prior to the election. The leaders of this organized move are said to be among the top ranking military officials, including General (Basjij) Firouz Abadi (head of the Iranian amred forces and the closest military man to Khamenei) , and General (Basiji) Alireza Afshar and Mehdi Chamran (former deputy to Firouz Abadi and the current head of Tehran council). Also, in another front, there are reports of Imams in mosques preaching the prayers as to the importance 'Islamic task' of voting for Ahmadi Nejad.

Karoubi - who lost in the first round - revealed that he had asked the Ministry of Interior on Friday not to extend the election time for more than two hours. But he was told that the Ministry was "under pressure" to extend the time until 11pm (which it did). It is said that a top ranking military officer had contacted both Khatami and Lari (minister of Interior), advising them not to "stand on the way of the will of the Supreme Leader" on this issue.

10 Comments:

Anonymous siavash said...

how do you suppose the basij gathered around ahmadinejad instead of qalibaaf? isn't qalibaaf also a fomer basiji? or is he former sepah? and can you explain the difference between sepah and basij?

9:58 AM  
Blogger Windsteed said...

To answer Siavash:
I do not 'suppose' that the Basij has gathered around Ahmadi Nejad. I believe in that. But this does not mean that ALL of the Basij support him. Maybe a minority still support Ghalibaf or even neither of the two. But the majority do support Ahmadi Nejad who identifies himself as Basiji and has promised the Basijis to give them more power if elected. You are right, Ghalibaf IS a Sepahi, but he turned many Sephais against himself when he used the title "Dr." instead of "Sardar(General) during his campaign. Besides, the events following the Iran-Bahrain match which were ignored by the Police (allegedly according to Ghalibaf's wish) also contributed to his grwoing loss of support among Sephai and Basijis. Is there a difference between Sepah and Basji? Basji, as you might know, is a force affiliated with Sepah. But the number of fentaics among Basijis (Gordan haye Basij) is far more than what might be found among Sepahis. Sepah is a professional army, but Basij is a professional, organized militia group.
Windsteed

6:03 PM  
Anonymous siavash said...

hi-

by "how do you suppose..." I meant "why do you think that basij chose ahmadi instead of qalibaf". I didn't mean that you are "assuming" something instead of believing it.

when qalibaf said that he's coming as the "reza khan of sepah", some people thought that he was signalling a kind of coup; so we were expecting a potential coup from qalibaf and not ahmadinejad.

thanks very much for your reply though. i enjoy this blog very much.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a June 18th post on the website peiknet.com, picked up by the blogger Lilit, now in Italy http://lilit.ilcannocchiale.it/?id_blogdoc=557346,

"The site Peiknet [peiknet.com - an all Persian site] received on June 18 an anonymous letter from a 27-year old Basiji who declared that he voted 11 times, with 8 fake Identity cards, because the Supreme Leader wanted him to do so. It is an order of war, it changes the field of battle, the leader says. It is called Operation Nasr, he said in the letter, "Islam is in danger and it is necessary to save it by any means" !"

This would indicate that the support for Ahmedinejad comes at the order of Supreme Fuehrer Khamenei himself!

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Rasker said...

According to a June 18th post on the website peiknet.com, picked up by the blogger Lilit, now in Italy http://lilit.ilcannocchiale.it/?id_blogdoc=557346,

"The site Peiknet [peiknet.com - an all Persian site] received on June 18 an anonymous letter from a 27-year old Basiji who declared that he voted 11 times, with 8 fake Identity cards, because the Supreme Leader wanted him to do so. It is an order of war, it changes the field of battle, the leader says. It is called Operation Nasr, he said in the letter, "Islam is in danger and it is necessary to save it by any means" !" (translated by Steaphania LaPenna http://freethoughts.splinder.com/)

This would indicate that the support for Ahmedinejad comes at the order of Supreme Fuehrer Khamenei himself!

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