Iran Hopes

A Weblog on Iranian Affairs (Formerly Iran Votes 2005)

Monday, August 22, 2005

Ahmadinejad’s cabinet is dubbed by his advocates as ‘revolutionary’. There is nothing scandalous about a revolutionary cabinet per se. It can succeed better than its predecessors. However, the danger that lurks out of this form of cabinet is the propaganda of the self-asserted intellectuals backing this cabinet and the credulity of those who are on the receiving end of the propaganda. Let’s not forget that in contemporary Iran, the revolutionary tendency has always been presented under the banner of Islam (the Shi’ee version of it, of course).

And what is so dangerous about this tendency? The danger is that religion, i.e. Islam, is used as a resource, as the only remedy, to deify the persons (like Khomeini, Khamenei and now Ahmadinejad) and to make sacred their ‘victories’ in a way that will always agree with the regime’s oppressive agenda. Consider the following from Ahmadinejad’s government charter:
“Imam Khomeini was such a [civilization-making] leader who, like Messiah, was able to rage a new spirit into the skeleton of the nation and revive the nation’s competence in civilization-making. He was a gift of God to the Iranian nation who could feel his devine breathe.” And among the ‘values’ that the new government enlists are: “to obtain God’s satisfaction through spreading justice and kindness and offering service to followers of God”.

In this way, the inherent evils of society are concealed under a heavy layer of moral/religious exhortation. Sadly, the oppositions inside the country are missing too easily this massive opportunity to make aware people of the dangers posed by the lies that are being spread by the new government.

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