IRAN'S ELECTION: The Lesser of 1000 Evils
Jun 1, 2005
by: Farhat Quaem Maquami


In June 17,2005 Iranians are going to poll to elect a president in an election which can hardly be called democratic. For propaganda reasons, and in order to provide a cover for its dwindling legitimacy, from the list of over one thousands applicants for the job, which includes an American Joker, Iranians would "elect" a president. The list have been narrowed down to a dozen who are considered no threat to the security of Mullahs rule on Iran. Clerics who, as social parasites, had provided Divine justification for feudal landlords, and despotic kings Satanic rules and were in their continuous payroll until 1979, usurped the political power, appropriated means of production and trade.

Paradoxically, the man who came out of nowhere, was put in charge of the secretive power structure of the Republic, and has been the American Poster child for free "market Economy" Ali-Akbar Rafsanjani has come to play his cards back in Iran. The Godfather is being pushed as the leading candidate who can save the bankrupt policy of the Islamic Republic, that he himself imposed on Iran. That is why nothing short of revolution may save the country from the path of moral corruption, cultural deprivation and economic depravation of the majority of Iranians whose national wealth has been siphoned out by the God father and his gang of Mullahs.

Rafsanjani came into power in a secretive pact with General Huyser in which in lieu of the American assistance to dismantle the Shah's regime, which did not fit in with the American New Strategy of Fighting Communism, an Islamic Republic would be established in Iran. That is how a bunch second rate businessmen and pistachio farmers have become billionaire conglomerates and millionaire Mullahs who are draining Iran and devastated its economy. Rafsanjani is what is wrong with Iran and Iran would take another step backward to go to Rafsanjani.

The Mullahs who control this weird Republic claim that The Regime drives its legitimacy from Allah; but they remain on top with gangster like methods of intimidation, violence, murder and draconian system of terror. In reality the regime is neither Islamic nor a republic and basically was created, supported, sustained and designed under Zebigniew Brzezinski Doctrine to fight communist Ideology. On the one hand, it utilizes the terminology Islam and its Utopian ideals to prevent any philosophical convergence of socialism and Islam, on the one hand it propagate a perverted theological justification of Neo-liberalism and the so-called Free Market Economy to enrich the Mullahs.

They abandoned and suppressed the civil society and civic culture and under the banner of "Government of the Oppressed" assumed all power. Yet by hijacking the terminology of civil society American Mullahs established a sophisticated theoretic despotism that that took Iran back to the political Dark Ages. That is why the system, which is faced with internal tension and public apathy, rather than making concession to the Iranian public, has sought to use the American Mullah Rafsanjani to make a Deal with the U. S.

It is unimaginable that these new exploiters of Iran would give-up power short of a bloody social revolution. The regime is so intertwined with the sociopolitical structure that a crack in one system or loosening in one branch might bring down the whole house of cards. That is exactly why Mullahs would make any concession to America, but would not give-up political power, or let real democracy blossom in Iran. This kind of sell-out of a nation has catastrophic consequences for Iran.

The last time they selected Mullah Khatemi to be the emasculated reform president to provide a semblance of hope in an otherwise demoralized society, proved to be a failure. This time around the morally bankrupt system, faced with public apathy of the electorates and certainly running out of credible candidates, has put forward the Millionaire American Mullah Rafsanjani to save its corrupt and un-Islamic system. On the surface, Rafsanjani might prove to be the lesser of thousands evils for Iranians; but, in reality he personifies what is wrong with Iran.

Satanic Republic of Mullahs

Islamic Republic is a trade name, a slogan used for propaganda, and an empty phrase which has been coined to subjugate people who believe in Islam all over the world. It is a strange dictatorship, baptized in Blood Bath and terror established in 1979. It is Ironical that the system which murdered many in the name of "Allah" as "Corrupt on Earth" and "Warrior against God" has become the symbol of corruption and socioeconomic oppression. In order to repress the growing opposition to clerical rule, the regime relies not on soldiers or uniformed police; but, on the enforcers of Hezbollah, death squads Bassijis and the equally thuggish Revolutionary Guards. Mostly recruited from the same wretched of the earth lumen proletariats whose siblings spearheaded the overthrow of Mossadegh in 1953.

The political system has been basically a "dictatorship of Mullahs" achieved by a Pinochet type blood bath and run by a shadow government that terrorizes Iranian inside and finances shadowy groups outside to protect a corrupt "Free Market" economic system that was imposed in Iran. Its economy is dominated by shadow business empires controlled by Rafsanjani Family and its related gangs of collaborator Mullahs. The continuity of its power is protected by a variety Death Squads enforcers.

In a quarter of century the Mullahs of Islam, the so called Pathfinders to Heaven for the masses of believers, have metamorphosed into the Gatekeepers of Hell. They have lost their moral authority as they have become similar if not worse than the oppressor they replaced.

In order to discover how the Iranians left, right and the center were duped into revolutionize Rafsanjani's Family fortunes rather than revolutionizing Iran the buck stops at Rafsanjani's door. Rafsanjani was getting his instruction from the American Neo-Cons economists before it became fashionable in the US. The 1979 revolution transformed the Rafsanjani clan into commercial Rubber Barons. "One brother headed the country's largest copper mine; another took control of the state-owned TV network; a brother-in-law became governor of Kerman province, while a cousin runs an outfit that dominates Iran's $400 million pistachio export business; a nephew and one of Rafsanjani's sons took key positions in the Ministry of Oil; another son heads the Tehran Metro construction project (an estimated one billion dollars spent so far). The list goes on and on while the Iranian national wealth is siphoned out and put into the straw corporations which stretches all over the glob beyond the reach of the Iranian government."

Today, Rafsanjani's octopus family is in control of everything from narcotics, prostitution rings, and illicit alcohols to investments firms in US TV stations, Canada's private toll ways, Australia Meat packing and wherever his multi national Corporation can operate.

Rafsanjani Family operates through various foundations and front companies, that is why he innocently claims that he is a humble man with no assets.. The family is also believed to control one of Iran's biggest oil engineering companies, a plant assembling Daewoo automobiles, Iran's best private airline and control of various media in Iran and abroad. Rafsanjani is role in the staged hostage Crisis and subsequent timing of their release made him the darling of Republican Party. That is why his corporations and stamens are behind hundreds of TV, radio, and Internet conglomerates across the US, and the Globe.

Unlike his other American brethren Ibrahim Yazdi who was in the forefront of creating an American designed Islamic revolution for Iran by terror, Rafsanjani was always in the background assuring that the economic system would privatize and follow the Neo-liberal guideline of establishing a "free-market" economy for exploitation of the wealth of Iran by global corporations. He is the Godfather of Iran's "privatization" program during which Mullahs and their allies took over public companies at dirt cheap prices and expropriated old regimes properties for free and established a new "corny capitalism" in Iran. It is this new class of Westernized Mullahs who control many satellite TV and Internet sites which exploit's the millions of fugitive Iranians from Australia to Canada and from London to Los Angeles.

Rafsanjani somehow became the power behind Khomeini. He worked behind the scene with Huyser, Fardoost and Ghareh Baghi (two turn coat Generals) to make sure the nationalist Generals would not derail the American designed Islamic Revolution. Later on when the Death Squads blow up the entire generation of emerging Nationalist leadership mysteriously Rafsanjani survived, he thanked God in Pubic and the CIA in private for his miraculous survival. He made sure that economic system would privatized and follow the Neo-liberal Free Market economy. He has run the Iran for the past 25 years.

He assumes the powerful position of the speaker of parliament and Brain behind Khomeini' in the 1980s. As a show of gratitude to his American Masters he secretly negotiated a deal to help Contras in Nicaragua. He was the Iranian counter revolutionary who received and ate the infamous key shaped Cake with the Iran Contra convict Oliver North in Tehran Airport. They both conspired to finance Contras Death Squads to sabotage revolutionary Sandanistas and indiscriminately kill the civilians in order to ensure the failure of Sandanistas semi-socialist system. He was the recipient of the Bible signed by Ronald Regan which signaled the beginning of the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal. He become president of Iran from 1989 to 1997 and is now the chairman of the powerful Expediency Council, which is the seat of actual political power in Iran.

Compared to Ayatollah Taleghani, whom I had the privilege of being his cellmate in Quasre Prison, Rafsanjani has no revolutionary credentials. Yet Taleghani, who could have been a real Revolutionary was set aside in favor of robber baron Mullahs, led by the Deal Maker businessman Mullah Rafsanjani. He is the man who has done what the American Neo-Cons would have loved to see in America complete privatization of economy and human beings to the point that one million of Iranians would enjoy everything the West has to offer and the other 64 millions live in exploitation, poverty, destitution and economic deprivation. Yet the population has been sedated by an ideology which makes them believe that was Devine's design. This is Calvinism pure and simple not the revolutionary Islam of Imam Ali and Imam Hossien.


For the Westerners who are not familiar with Islam all is the same. Yet Rafsanjani and his gang never espoused revolutionary Islam. They cleverly tricked the old left over Mossadegh era dead beats, and every other dissident group, into beating the drums of "Democratic Society" while marching the nation towards the abyss of the "Islamic Republic." Forcing women to wear Hejab and having bearded man wearing Turban doesn't a republic "Islamic" and having an "election" and a "president" does not make a regime "Republic"! For more than a quarter of century the world has been fed a pack of lies about this corrupt system which has subjected Iranian woman into whole sale prostitution and the Iranian youth to drug junkies.

They used Islam in a pejorative way, the same way George Bush uses the term "liberation", "oppression", Freedom and democracy. These are empty phrases used for propaganda to achieve certain aims and smokescreens behind which they accomplish their real design. Rafsanjani and his gang of collaborators used Islam as a cover to promote his "Satanic Design" submitting Iran to Globalization, dependency and corporate economic control. Iranian nationalism rarely entered into the equation.

Revolutionary Islam can never condone the Pinochet type rein of terror that gave birth to the Islamic Republic; nor would have let public companies be privatized and given to Mullahs or even would have let Mullahs rule a civic society and expropriate the means of production. Indeed the moment that mullahs assumed political power and expropriated economic structure they become the Gatekeepers of Hell for 64 million Iranians.

Revolutionary Islam would have never permitted exploitation of man by its fellow man. It was Khomeini who proudly declared for mass deception, and never acted on, a government of the oppressed by the oppressed to share and divide the communal wealth of a nation. Rafsanjani not only subjected Iran to the Neo-liberal foreign trade but opened up the oil sector to private companies and put Iranian national resources on auction block for Conoco, Shell and ant multi-national corporation who wants to join. Most of the Iran's expensive properties and contracts have ended up in the hands of Mullahs, their relatives, their associates, their supporters above all to the Rafsanjani's multifaceted family have converted Iranian wealth into billions dollars investments in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Islamic Republic has really revolutionized and transformed the life of a small pistachio farmer family in Rafsnajan and changed them to Billionaire Mullahs in quarter century while the 80 percent of Iranian live in abject poverty.

The American Mullah is referred to by his economic bosses as pragmatic leader, which means that he is a man with no principal and everything would be negotiable and anything is sellable. That is why the even an American Joker, with impeccable credential as a turncoat opportunist, has been permitted to run for presidency while many qualified nationalist have been denied, in order to please their American mentor. Iran social, economic and cultural problem cannot be solved by an election or a referendum. What Iran needs is an authentic indigenous revolution, and not one espoused by hyphenated Iranians or instigated by the American Center for Endowment of Democracy that is specialized in instigating student demonstration in the world.

What has been done to Iran is the ownership of the means of production and political power has been transferred from what was referred to as "one thousands Westernized nationalist bourgeoisie Families" to one thousand novae riche Mullah who have economically, culturally and
morally have put the nation close to bankruptcy. Yet, Iranians do not need and must be aware of any US orchestrated disturbance or insurgency. Whoever, is for the government of the oppressed and against Neo-liberalism and globalization and national ownership of services, and resources, would guarantee the redistribution of income and welfare of all citizens would guarantee turnout and success not in election. Maybe it would be the last chance for Mohammed Ghalibaf to mount an anti corruption campaign and a promise to rid Iran of the American Mullahs and their "Free Market Economy" and get to the bottom of all illicit drug, alcohol, prostitution and smuggling Mafia rings and try to remove the economic conditions which underlies the runaway inflation. As a former Chief of police he might be quite familiar with the who is who of the criminal underworld in Iran.

This generation of disillusioned young people need a new blood, a person uncorrupted by power who wants to be a mirror image of pain, deprivation and grievances of its populous. He must promise to bring the utopian idea of the government of the "oppressed" by the "oppressed" and punish those blood suckers who in the name of Islam have brought capitalist corruption to the country. He must promise to re-nationalize and expropriate assets and return them to the treasury and public ownership. If non of the candidates succeed to arouse the public enthusiasm and participation in the political process the chances are that the alienated public, especially the youth, would fall prey to cause disturbances which might be followed by a public uprising to overthrow the whole system of reactionary Islam which is being imposed on public under the guise of an Islamic Revolution.

This might be the last chance to save whatever is left of the Islamic Republic which has become an EMPTY SHELL OF PROPAGANDA covering its rotten seeds of crime and corruption. Public apathy and non-participation in election would be the last times that the bell would be ringing for the American Mullahs. It is the last chance to save a morally corrupt regime which its proponents have become the "Warrior against God" and "Corrupt of Earth" and now would be waiting for the the "Allah the Avenger."

Farhat Quaem Maquami - Farhat quaem maquami is an Iranian Independent columnist. He is the author of "PERSIAN WOMEN: Freedom or Slavory"and "Neo-Imperialism in the Third
World" as well as thousands of articles before and after Iranian revolution. He is a critical sociologist and AN IRANIAN NATIONALIST with no connection to political groups outside of Iran.