More than 72 million Iranian Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians are gearing up for the country’s most crucial presidential election since the western imposed 8-year war in the 1980s – which resulted in the death of more than one million people and destruction of more than US$5.3 trillion in Islamic Iran and Iraq. The coming Presidential election on June 12 will be the tenth presidential election since the victory of Islamic Revolution in 1979.
There are no official political parties as the case is in other countries. The West has divided the Iranian political landscape into two blocks – Conservatives and Reformists – for its own pro-Israel imperialist agenda. The Conservatives are the ones’ who follow Imam Khomeini’s views of putting the interests of Muslim Ummah over Iran’s national interests – and the Reformists, while claiming to follow the ideas of Imam Khomeini – put Iran’s national interests over the interests of Muslim Ummah. The first block is in favour of supporting Islamic Resistance groups fighting foreign occupation forces around the Globe – while the later block is in favour of compromising with these forces for the national interests of Iran. For example, during the presidency of Reformist Ayatullah Khatami, the Islamic Revolution’s global vision was boxed into the nation-state and Shia-Sunni sectarianism. The trend was so bad that Hizb’Allah in Lebanon was urged to become a political party first and an Islamic resistance second. It was during that time when brother Abu Dharr coined the pharase – “Conservatives belongs to Imam Ali’s group while the Reformers are on the side of Emir Muwawiya”.
In the coming election – President Dr. Ahmadinejad is being challenged mainly by former prime minister, Mir-Hossein Mousavi (Reformist), former Majlis speaker, Mehdi Karoubi (Reformist), and Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council and a former senior military commander, Mohsen Rezaei (Conservative). Iranian government has launced a portal website in Persian that provides a comprehensive reporting on the Election 2009.
Abu Dharr, a senior Islamic movement intellectual, wrote in his latest column published in Crescent International – “Those individuals and classes of people who vote ‘Iran first’ may have legitimate arguments, but only when they exclude the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the Seerah from their vocabulary. It is not easy being and becoming the first Islamic State in modern times. It is not easy continuing to build and spread out the liberty and freedom from imperialism and Zionism by this Islamic State. But committed Muslims have no choice. We love the freedom that comes from being liberated from Zionism and imperialism – and only Islamic Iran in today’s world is liberated from Zionism and imperialism. The world will be watching, the Muslims will be watching, and Allah (swt)will be watching when the only independent Islamic State goes to the poll and elect its next president.”
With the new racist anti-Iran Zionist government in Tel Aviv and its puppet in the White House who continues anti-Iran Bush’s policies but with nicer words – and the America’s new waves of military terrorism in Iran’s two neighbours – Pakistan and Afghanistan – Iranian nation should not elect a ‘pigeon’ to confront the extremists in the region for the next four years. Iran’s Rahbar, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei has already warned Iranian voters not to vote for the pro-western (Reformist) candidates, by saying: “Those who submit to the enemies and bring shame on the nation should not come to power by the people’s vote. Those who, through paying lip service to the western countries and arrogant governments want to secure a position for themselves should not come to power. These are not valuable for the Iranian nation….. We should elect the one who lives in a simple and modest way….who is pained by the pain of his people.”
Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the Pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi took the above statement as Rahbar’s endorsement of Dr. Ahmadinejad. In his column titled Ahmadinejad looks set to be re-elected, wrote:
“He (Ahmadinejad) declined the use of a presidential plane, drives an old car, takes a home-made lunch to the office with him and lives in a humble flat in Tehran. These populist habits and his rural, labouring background – he is from a family of blacksmiths – have endeared him to Iran’s working classes whilst his conservatism ensures the support of those with a fundamentalist agenda.
Ahmadinejad is a small man who always wears the same crumpled suit, but wherever he goes he is the centre of media attention, repeatedly stealing the limelight from his heavyweight peers among world leaders. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he is the most influential person in the Muslim world at present.
He is a man who is not afraid to speak his mind – another characteristic that endears him to his people and the Muslim world in general. His outspoken attack on Israel’s ‘racist government’ at the UN in Geneva on April 20 is a clear example.
Ahmadinejad’s words are backed by deeds, something which simultaneously alarms the US-Israeli axis and inspires the Muslim world. On the 30th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution (February 3, 2009), Iran’s advanced technological capabilities were dramatically demonstrated with the launch of the country’s first home-produced satellite called Omid, which means ‘hope’.
Against him stand those with the most to lose – the moneyed ‘elite’, those who long for Iran to be more ‘Westernised’ and the dethroned aristocracy.
On the international stage Ahmadinejad has served his people particularly well. Thoughtful and shrewd strategic and diplomatic planning have transformed Iran into a regional superpower, forging alliances with mighty new global players (China, India and Russia) and emerging revolutionary powers such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.
As a result, while the US can afford a haughty attitude to certain other Middle Eastern regimes, it has been forced to change its tune where Iran is concerned. US President Barack Obama has engaged in earnest attempts at rapprochement, promising a ‘new beginning’, membership of the World Trade Association, economic investment and normalised diplomatic relationships if Iran will ‘unclench its fist’.
The fist in question holds not only the increasingly realistic prospect of nuclear capability, but Sajil missiles with a 2,000 kilometre range. Iran’s burgeoning military capacity has continued to develop despite threats from the West, largely due to Ahmadinejad’s ability to prolong negotiations without actually conceding anything.
Israel is understandably nervous but, whereas previous threats of a unilateral strike on Iran had been tacitly okayed by the US, Vice-President Joseph Biden, charged with the administration’s non-proliferation agenda, recently declared that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be ‘ill-advised’ to take that course of action…….”