It reminds me of Stalin's famous May Day parade celebrations in Red Square: cheering ranks of bribed and terrorized spectators applauding frog-marching militias, while Stalin’s Siberian and Gulag prisons were filled to the brim and over a hundred million Russians and other enslaved Eastern European nationals were living in abject poverty, fear, terror and repression. Yet Stalin, with his heinous partners in crime, would stand on the top of that stage, touchingly out of reach of ‘his’ people, proudly waving at the marching armies of slaves and unhappy souls, forced to sing patriotic songs.
Or I am sorrowfully reminded of the mentally-unstable Kim Jung Ill of North Korea waving at the terrified marching armies calling him the ‘god leader’. What kind of people are these men? How could Ali Khamenei, Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Stalin, Hitler, Kim Jung Ill and the other monsters cast in their mold, wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, sit and have breakfast, embrace their sons and daughters and still remain sane while they know that millions are suffering because of their blatant and deliberately criminal actions? Historians still have yet to do justice not to adequately describe precisely the mental mapping of these psychopaths; and how can we devise a means of preventing them and their cruel progeny from coming to power and causing so much pain for humanity.
An opinion piece in the thoughtful and incisive Christian Science Monitor aptly articulates the process of failed revolutions. In a passage entitled ‘Failed dreams’, the publication notes the recent – and ongoing – Arab Spring across the Middle East and Maghreb echoes other mass uprisings that are catastrophically ambushed by Muslim zealots jeopardizing the march of liberty.
The widening gap between the soaring hopes of Tahrir Square and the modest changes granted so grudgingly by the Muslim Brotherhood's Mursi who was trusted by the people and the same people were betrayed so quickly when Mursi showed his true colour that in Islamic movements you only vote once, but fortune was with the people of Egypt as the patriotic military men were awake and stopped Mursi before Egypt had become another victimized nation like Iran.
In Iran, captives of poverty, taunted by failed dreams – could and will grow violent and destroy the oppressive mullah's regime. Under these circumstances, it’s fair to predict that new leaders would emerge to end institutional cruelties and act in the name of the people to punish the treacherous few who sold the nation's liberty and resources for a brief period of fame and fortune. These are the appalling trajectory of the failed revolutions of the past, of Robespierre’s France, Lenin’s Russia, Mao’s China, and Khomeini’s Iran – ‘with all their death and loss and crushing of hope.’
So what is our responsibility as human beings to ensure that real revolutions deliver substantive, meaningful change to the mass of people they are meant to benefit – and are not held ransom by a clique of fortune seekers? And what about the Responsibility to Protect and our duty of care to humanity? The R2P movement holds that the State carries the primary responsibility for the protection of populations from mass atrocities such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
The international community has a responsibility to assist states in fulfilling this responsibility and the international community should use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means to protect populations from these crimes. If a state fails to protect its population or is, in fact, the perpetrator of such crimes, the international community must be prepared to take stronger measures, including the collective use of force through the UN Security Council
Do we have any doubts left that Khamenei's terrorist regime is committing all the atrocities mentioned above, not only in Iran but in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon? To go over the list and repeat the obvious will be superfluous and a waste of time. It would be like trying to convince the world that Hitler and his regime was criminal and murderous – that’s axiomatic and crystal clear to all.
Khamenei's terrorist regime has committed so many crimes in the past 35 years that even a fraction of them would be sufficient for multiple death sentences fir him in any court of law. There is no longer a need to list the atrocities or eloquently write about their depth and breadth. There are thousands of books already written about them from every possible angle and it is a waste of time to even talk about them. What is needed to be done is a fool-proof, cast-iron method that may be rapidly deployed to stop such crimes against humanity and end the regimes which are committing these horrific crimes right in front of our television cameras.
It was today 35 years ago that the people of Iran, from every conceivable walks of life - workers and farmers, students and teachers, even some of the educated and well-off middle class - marched in the streets, under the impression that their two years of demonstrations, riots, strikes and civil disorder under the slogan 'Independence and Freedom, Islamic Republic' was going to usher in the French Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood. They sincerely believed that soon after, Iran and Iranians could join the family of free and democratic nations and live happily ever after.
The bitter reality was somewhat different: The people of Iran soon discovered that the joke was actually on them and that the real purpose and ulterior motive of the Islamic revolution were exactly the opposite of everything the people had ever imagined. Not only the revolution - later labeled an 'Islamic' revolution’ - did not intend to bring ordinary Iranians 'Independence and Freedom', but did in fact systematically took away the very meagre 'Independence and Freedom' the much-oppressed folk already had after 100 years of struggle. These despots in religious disguise have taken the nation back to the 19th century, when Iran was ruled by a blinkered theocratic Muslim clergy, superstitious kings and trammeled by draconian sharia laws interpreted by ignorant mullahs in the service of the chief tyrant.
The signs of the celebration of this man-made national disaster are that while most modern governments celebrate the anniversary of a national revolution by making it an official holiday where people routinely have a day off from work, can eat food and ice cream and spend quality time with family and friends in public parks and sports arenas, in Iran the glorious rulers celebrate the revolution by blocking access to all websites using the ‘HTTPS’ protocol, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and basically any banking web service. Essentially, they make the internet useless and cauterize the nation from the rest of the world.
Then they attack people's homes to forcefully remove their satellite dishes to ensure they cannot watch anything that is fun; they also close down all public places like stadium and parks so that people cannot gather and celebrate the anniversary of the ‘glorious’ revolution.
Of course it is not the first time that the regime has clamped down on public dissent by censoring the internet. The Mullahs routinely cut-off internet access in response to the large amount of protests against all elections which are believed by the vast majority to be little more than a puppet show.