Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
According to reports by Kaleme, Mir Hossein Mousavi, president during the eight sacred years of war, met with a group of veterans of the Iran-Iraq war yesterday. In this meeting in which Zahra Rahnavard was also present, the veterans in addition to describing the difficulties and challenges they faced upon their release from Saddam Hossein’s prisons, shared their opinion on the political, economic and social challenges, particularly those that have arisen since the presidential elections last year.
During their discussion with Mousavi the veterans pointed to the economic and social challenges and hardships they and their families had faced upon their release from prison. They stated that the recent imprisonment of veterans by the current government because of expressing their political views during the election campaign is even more regrettable than enduring years of incarceration in Saddam notorious prisons.
After remarks by these noble veterans, Mir Hossein Mousavi while congratulating them on the anniversary of the day marking the return of the prisoners of war said: “During the eight year holy war against Iraq, our nation and government never forgot our soldiers and POWs. The news regarding the POWs was focused upon on a daily and hourly basis.”
Honoring the late Hojat-al-eslam Aboutorabi
While honoring the late, proud veteran Hojat-al-eslam Aboutorabi, who played a significant role in lifting the spirits of the veterans of war, Mousavi said: “Respect and attention to human dignity, the love of Islam and the Imam, and defending our nation were vital to the resistance and unity of the POWs while they were incarcerated in Saddam’s notorious prisons.”
The auctioning of Iran’s identity & assets
Mir Hossein Mousavi added: “These days, in addition to the challenges and problems facing the nation, there is a lot of noise regarding the relationship between Islam and Iran. It is of course clear that the arguments raised are politically motivated. Some individuals while wasting hundreds of billion dollars of our country’s oil revenues over the past few years have also taken it upon themselves to auction our nation’s identity in order to achieve short term gains. We [the nation] are fully aware however, that for our soldiers who valiantly fought to defend our homeland during the era of the holy defense, Iran and Islam were not mutually exclusive.
During the imposed war, the love of our country, never stood in the way of our religious beliefs
Mousavi added: “In this long and unfair war, in which we did not concede even a centimeter of the national borders of our beloved homeland, the war front became the highest ground for divine experiences. During this war, the love of our country never stood in the way of our religious beliefs, in fact what we experienced was the blending of Islam and Iran, forming a unique national identity. In reality, our national identity at the beginning of the revolution was defined by the protests that led to the victory of the revolution in which Zoroastrians, Christians and Jews, stood together with Muslims, both Shia and Sunni. They also stood together in war, alongside the other warriors, chanting God is great. These warriors of a variety of religious backgrounds were present then and are still present.
Those make noisy claims that the Iranian culture is fading away, are the same group who demolished the institution for Cultural Legacies.
[In the early years] no one was after fulfilling their own needs from our national assets. It was because of this very behavior that an ambiguous and paradoxical view like Iranian Nation and the Islam religion [as two different values] was never even defined. Unfortunately, in recent discussions you see a back and forth to redefine some of these concepts where it ‘seems’ that our national legacy or Islam is ‘important.’ It is very ‘interesting.’ Those who today make claims on the Iranian culture are the same who in the split second ruined the institution for [preservation of] Cultural Legacies. We see today that same series of events that happened to the institution for Budget and Financial Planning [that has contributed to our economic problems] is happening to the institution that should be protecting our culture and our history. In this sort of dispute there is just talk of Islam and Iran [as if they are empty words.] No one tell you it is which part of the Iranian culture that we should be introducing to the world, or which Islam is it that we should be defending.
Which Iran? Which Islam? These are the important question.
To protect their grasp on power structure that is [according to Quran] as fragile as the spider’s net, these authoritarians are willing to question [the entire] 30 years after the revolution
Those who create this dispute, decline to view Islam and Iran as viewed in the current century dialogues. They do not talk about what kind of Iran it is that we should be introducing to the world, or what kind of Islam it is that we should be defending. Is an Iran they are looking to introduce, a nation with record high drug use and addiction, with 14.5% unemployment, 29% unemployment amongst the youth? Is it a nation with prisons filled up with political activists, a nation where media is shutdown and whoever speaks out is silenced? Is it a nation where basic civil rights are ignored? Is it a nation that has fallen behind all of its neighbors because of destructive policies that the government has undertaken? In this dispute of empty words, no one asks whatever happened to the document that planned the 20-year outlook. When they talk of Islam in this dispute, they don’t talk about the destruction their lies and hypocrisy has brought about to the image of Islam. Whose Islam we are defending here; the Islam of that high ranking Grand Ayatollah and source of immolation whose office and house is attacked and destroyed when he dares speak the words of truth [about oppression.] or is it the Islam of that Preacher of the Friday Prayers who without the slightest of shame accuses his political opponents of receiving funding of one billion dollars from foreign agencies and accuses them of waiting for another 50 million dollars? Are we defending an Islam that gives an excuse to our chiefs of security to accuse anyone with lies and insults and broadcast them throughout the whole land? Are we defending and Islam that some question 30 years of this revolution’s history to maintain a power structure that according to Islam is more fragile than a spider’s net? What does it mean when seven prominent political figures with transparent experiences in government who wrote a letter to the judiciary suing those who spread these lies are taken back to the Evin prison? Would it have been possible in the Islam that Imam Ali Introduced to imprison the plaintiff instead of the accused?
We neither agree with the image of Iran that they are putting forward, nor recognize the Islam they use to fulfill their own personal interests.
Our people follow an Islam exemplified by the first Imam of Shia, Ali.
Our people follow an Islam exemplified by the first Imam of Shia, Ali; the same man who sits in court like any other citizen, with a non-Muslim plaintiff who has accused him of a crime; the same man who does not tolerate the briefest discrimination. ”Repeating that our society and our government is Islamic” proves nothing. It is essential to answer this question: In a government that claims to be Islamic, why doesn’t the head of the Guardian Counsel sit in court with a well-known ex-chief executive officer to resolve his complaint, and instead throws that person into prison?
Instead of accentuating a pseudo-Islam-Iran-war, be honest with people.
Mousavi said: Today, the country is facing various issues and crises nationally and internationally. One of the solutions to escape from these crises is to eliminate [the culture of] deceit from the society and to stop these false waves [of short-lived news.]. Be honest with the people, instead of such vain mainstreaming and storytelling. Instead of hypnotizing a pseudo-war between Iran and Islam, tell people whether or not the government recognizes the people’s right in the constitution, and if so, then why are these rights not only being ignored but also being reversed in the society. Answer why issues like evading laws, violation of fundamental rights, and basic principles of justice being becoming more and more acceptable? It doesn’t solve our problems to claim that Iran is the freest country in the world, while our prisons are filled with political prisoners. Neither does it solve our problems to deny problems in the economy, while people live through the economic impacts of such problems every day. Trust people’s judgment. It is only then that the crises can be avoided.
[If you] trust the judgment of people, you can avoid the crises
Mir Hossien Mousavi addressed the autocrats and said: Stop the monopolization, suppression and destruction; trust the people; create social peace and security; and the problems will be resolved gradually, with the support and efforts of our proud nation; and we can put the problems behind us.
The problem will only be solved when we beckon and environment to hold free non-discriminative elections and the Judiciary force proves to be independent of commands from the secret security force interrogators. I am certain that a fair independent public court to deal with the complaints that these 7 known figures have submitted will be more effective than any gun and missile, in restoring peace in the country.
A solution to eliminate risk for international threats
To solve the crisis [you must] return to the people [with transparency], instead of [hiding those] vague international deals.
We must all know that the way to eliminate the risk of international threats is to implement people’s rights. Return to the people and soon enough you will see that every bit of this crisis will be cleared, without having sign any non-transparent treaties that will not support people’s best interest, and without having to impose unnecessary pain and suffering on to people.
The hard part of returning to people
Of course it is very hard to join back to the people; the hardest part may be yielding to the vote of people instead of vote of the government.
At the end of this meeting, characters of prominent Iranian war prisoners like the departed Mr. Lashkari and the martyr Mr. Tondgoyan were praised.