and the myth of Islamic Reforms!
Montazeri versus Khomeini
Mouse versus Elephant!
Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri has been under house arrest
in Qom from 1997 to 2003. Montazeri was once Khomeini's right
hand man. He helped to design the original version of the IRI
constitution and he helped to create Hezbollah (of Lebanon). He
was Khomeini's designated successor as VF (Velayat Faqih).
had disagreements about some of the powers and policies of Khomeini.
Unfortunately he did not keep his mouth shut and wait until
he became VF when he would have had the power to make some changes.
He expressed his disagreements to Khomeini. So Khomeini made sure
that Montazeri did not become VF.
In 1997 Montazeri
tried to prevent the regime from fraudulently declaring Khamenei
to be an Object of Emulation (Marja' Taqlid, Ayatollah Al Ozama).
He made a speech in which he suggested that Khamenei was unqualified
to be an Object of Emulation, and unqualified to be Supreme Leader
(VF) as well. (Montazeri should know. He helped write the IRI
constitution. And Khamenei was only a Hojatol Eslam when he was
made VF. It is doubtful that Khamenei is even properly qualified
to be an ordinary Ayatollah, let alone a Marja' Taqlid and Ayatollah
put Montazeri under house arrest.
There is a
Web site for Montazeri:
heretical views does Montazeri hold and express that threaten
the IRI regime so much that they dare not let him out of his house?
In 2001 an interview was done with Montazeri.
Here are some
quotes from that interview:
legitimacy of the religious government resides in the people -
without the people it has none."
concentration of powers in the hands of a single person (i.e.
the VF) is not accepted and must not be accepted."
the leadership does not change its behavior radically, there is
no future for the religious government."
In the IRI,
it is not okay for even a high ranking Grand Ayatollah and Object
of Emulation to have such views. Such views are heresy. Think
of May 2003 Montazeri is no longer under house arrest.)
The Myth of IRI Reforms
So what does
Montazeri mean in regards the feasibility of peacefully working
for meaningful democratic reforms within the IRI constitutional
many noises about reforms.
has twice been approved by the GC as the "Reformer"
of choice to run for President of the IRI.
has been confined to his home
for years for daring to criticize the powers of the VF.
that tell you?
me that Khatami is no threat to the ruling power clique of the
IRI, the "Hard-liners". He is a tame dog. He will bend
over for the Mesbah Yazdi-Rafsanjani gang any time he is
due to Islamic Brainwash:
Reforms under Islam
National Islamism (Meli Mazhabi)
For more information
about Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi:
Mesbah Yazdi site
Mesbah Yazdi (Wikipedia)
In the IRI
the GC ensures that no person who is unacceptable to the Hard-liners
is allowed to run for elected office.
For more information
about GC, EC, VF and IRI:
the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Government works?
The GC, the
EC and the VF ensure that no legislation that is unacceptable
to the Hard-liners ever becomes law.
and the Majlis have no power to do anything without the approval
and permission of the GC and the VF.
"Inner Circle" of top hard-liner Mullahs in the
IRI collectively wield absolute political and constitutional power.
This did not come about by accident. This was very cunningly and
craftily designed and built with malice aforethought.
For any meaningful
democratic reforms to occur by peacefully working within the system,
the ruling Hard-liners would have to knowingly and voluntarily
give up the absolute power that they worked and fought for decades
What do you
think are the chances of that happening?
Fat and Juicy Montazeri
Montazeri before he had fallen from the grace!
Skinny and isolated Montazeri
Montazeri after he had fallen from the grace (under house arrest).
Let me close
with three quotes from Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, member of
did our martyrs die for? So that we can trample on all the sanctities
and our youth can have more freedom?"
freedoms were desirable, why did we bother to get rid of the Shah?
He did give such freedoms."
leadership and political leadership are not separate from each
other. Politics, Government and Islamic rule are for the Clergy
only and the non-clergy lacks the right to interfere in politics."