It is obvious and everybody knows what is happening in our country and what the Islamic Republic is doing to the country and the people. Everyone knows that the government hasn’t fulfilled the promises it gave during the presidential elections in 2013, and still our people are suffering from a miserable condition.
Let’s quickly have a look at the present elements of misery caused by the Islamic Republic and its broken promises first:
Despite the promises of Hassan Rohani and his government in previous elections more than two years ago to improve the living condition of the people, it is sad to say that hunger and poverty is paralyzing a big majority of people and families in Iran. Most people of Iran now understand what the meaning of being under the poverty line is. They feel it by inch, inch of their bodies, and their empty stomachs and their trembling hands and feet under the pressure of hunger and poverty.
Despite the promises of the president to free the political prisoners and provide an open political atmosphere in the country so people can demand their rights without fear of being beaten by the Basijis and the so called revolutionary guards, or being jailed, or being killed, we see that hundreds of our people still are in prisons for only revealing a truth or following up their personal needs and rights. Our young boys and girls are even raped in the notorious jails and detention centers of the regime for just asking for their primary rights. Most of the people who are now in political prisons are people looking for their personal needs and rights. They are not even political at all.
Despite the promises of the president to stop bothering and making trouble for our girls and women as the main half of the society, whose social freedom and independence and rights to have an equal and a normal social status is the guarantee for every society to grow, still we witness the pressure that the Basiji police put on them under different pretexts, including “not having suitable Islamic hejab (covering clothing) every day in the streets”.
Despite the promises of the president, people’s personal privacy is easily ignored under a systematic pressure intending to change their personal and national and cultural identity and character to prepare them to take part in the circus of different elections so the regime can use it as propaganda in the world in order to govern our dear country a few years more and plunder our national wealth as much more they can within the remaining short time of their ruling the country.
Despite the claims of the regime to be democratic and relying on the people’s support they have no trust in the people and don’t consider the people of their own, so all of their decisions and actions are made or taken in secret and hidden from the eyes of the people. They don’t even reveal the details of the recent contracts with the West. They can’t say to the people that those expensive, million dollar cars, mentioned in the contracts are going to be used by the Army generals and, the apples of their eyes, that is, their dear sons and children, or the airplanes are going to be used in private airlines owned by those generals.
Despite the present conditions in Iran and the misery and poverty and hunger that our great and brave, but oppressed people are suffering inside the country, the Islamic regime as usual is intervening in other regional countries like Syria and Iraq and Yemen and Lebanon, spending billions of dollars of our national wealth, and wasting our money, fearing that any change in those countries may lead to the instability of the Islamic regime, the columns of the power of which is not secured by the democratic support of the people.
Conservatives or reformists, no difference, they are the same for the people. Who can forget the crimes of Mohammad Reishahri who ordered the killing of so many people in Islamic Republic’s prisons? Who can forget the crimes of Ghorban Ali Dorri Najaf Abadi , who involved in the chain assassinations in Iran when he was the attorney general and the minister of intelligence during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami. Who can forget his roles in the crimes of Kahrizak where our innocent young compatriots were raped? And now these two are in the list of candidates supported by Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. They are all the same for people.
Despite the claims of the regime to hold democratic elections, even the loyal partners of the regime in the murders and plunder were disqualified apparently by the Guardian Council, and secretly by the Intelligence Service of the Army of Guardians, let alone the real liberal candidates or freedom-seekers. Who can ignore that the Intelligence Service of the Army of Guardians has manipulated the list of candidates and all the qualifications and disqualifications even outside of the Guardian Council in coordination with Ahmad Jennati to guarantee the elections of certain agents for both the Assembly of Experts and the Islamic Consultative Assembly. As long as Khamenei and the Army of Guardians are in power, the election is nothing but a propagation show to conceal the ugly face of the regime and its leader in international society.
Now, the question is: What are the reasons of breaking the promises, and all these lies and all these crimes, and repressing the people?
The answer is only one: The difference between the interests of people and the interests of the regime.
First, we, people, should know our interests. What are they?
Are they welfare, freedom, security, freedom, independence, or only religion?
All religions promised, welfare, and freedom from tyranny, and avoiding lies and doing good…, so these are the original reasons for people to follow religions. They need welfare and freedom. In other words, what we, the people, in Iran, need are welfare and freedom and high standards of living and of course independence and security.
Now let’s see what the interests of the regime are.
They need power, in the first place, to guarantee their control over the national wealth and giving them and the bureaucrats and the rich within their system the opportunity to exploit people in economic and social and cultural and political fields.
But within the society the people have one of these conditions:
A small minority of them are rich and are either in foreign countries or temporarily in Iran because they have factories or companies and cheap human resource at their disposal and whenever the wish, they can enjoy having a happy life both in foreign countries and even inside the country so it makes no difference to them what kind of regime rules the country and some of them have some hand in the ruling power, too.
But the majority of people are suffering from economic and cultural and social pressures. Some of them are in prisons, some are killed by the regime, some are refugees or displaced, waiting for an asylum, in other countries, and the rest are facing severely bad conditions with no way around them to survive the situation. Some of them are just laboring under the illusion that there will be some day that the Islamic republic will reform. But it is a big mistake. This regime will never reform.
The Islamic regime has its plan to deceive them by giving them false promises and little by little, as it has been doing during 37 years, change their cultural and social identity and everything systematically. For the Islamic Republic, it is not enough only to repress the people by killing, jailing, raping, as it won’t take so long, but it needs to change the nature of the character of the people to guarantee a longer period of being in power. This is very dangerous, even more dangerous than imprisoning or killing or mass killing of the people. They are taking everything away from the people. They have founded a system in which you lose your identity. That is why they attack people’s culture. History, cinema, literature, art, music, and even private music and dance of people at home are all denied by the Islamic Republic because they intend to systematically change everything in people and finally their identity.
Frogs are amphibious and can adapt themselves to any condition. It is said that if you put a frog in a big pot full of water with normal temperature and heat the pot, as the water slowly gets hotter and hotter the frog accordingly adapts itself to the temperature to the extent that it may die in that water but never jumps out. Whether this is scientifically correct or not, about frogs, it is what the Islamic Republic has been doing to the people. What the Islamic Republic expects from the people is adaptation to any condition they impose on the people.
There are some people who may think that it is an SEP (Somebody Else’s Problem) and don’t mind what is happening to their compatriots, but they are making a big mistake, because during the developing process of this systematic change, soon or late, it will spread to them and burn them, too.
Although late, it is time for us, the people of Iran, to realize the differences between our interests and the interests of the regime. The government and the parliament are both tools in the hands of the Islamic Republic regime. They are the fishing rod in the hands of the fisher (the regime) and the fish (people). Wise fish escape the fishing rod.
Dr. Behrooz Behbudi
Vancouver – Canada
22th of February, 2016