By Mahmoud Royaee
Thursday, 11 February 2016
28 years have passed since the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. 30,000 innocent men and women were viciously sent to the gallows with unprecedented speed. However, those behind this catastrophe are appointed to senior posts in today’s regime in Iran. Today, these individuals are also behind the massacres we are witnessing against innocent people in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, France and Germany.
Why are we continuing to witness appeasement vis-à-vis Iran, and world powers and human rights organizations remaining silent over Iran’s atrocities?
The main issue at hand in Iran is the ruthless and systematic violation of human rights, and increasing pressures on the people. The systematic crackdown and increasing executions in Iran has become undeniable. Listen to this:
“If there are no firm actions, severity and so-called violence against the enemies and criminals, our enemies will be provoked and crimes will increase in the society because criminals will enjoy more secure, leading national security disappearing in our society in the void of legal violence…”
This is a sentence from an article entitled “1988 executions were based on Islamic rulings”, posted on 5 August 2010 by Habilian, an official organ of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS/VEVAK).
In contrast to the past when the Iranian regime would deny any such killings of so many political prisoners, they are now openly speaking about and even criticizing their own apparatus of why they didn’t kill more people! There is no doubt that such remarks and threats are posted to create a climate of fear in Iran’s society.
Another portion of the article:
“In implementing this ruling [massacre of political prisoners]… maybe the only mistake made was allowing a number of the infidels to not be hanged…”
It is officially saying if there was a mistake made in the 1988 massacres it was in the fact that the regime had not killed all political prisoners.
It is saying if they buried people alive in Bushehr Prison (southern Iran); if they raped young women at night before killing them and dumping them in mass graves in Ilam (western Iran); if in the cities of Shiraz, Amol, Rasht and Isfahan they hanged prisoners in public squares based on charges of theft and …, if they showed no mercy to even ill and paralyzed prisoners in Tehran; if thousands of high-school and middle-school students, college students, doctors, farmers, laborers, nurses and ill prisoners were ruthlessly hanged; and even if those prisoners who had served their due time behind bars were all sent to the gallows … it was all due to the regime’s utmost mercy and compassion…
This article, posted by an official Iranian regime website, intends to remind us all that no nature or characteristic has changed in Iran, and that no one should be misled to think the recent nuclear pact sealed with the international community will change anything…
No, of course not, there is no doubt that the regime’s nature has not changed. If we see the mullahs’ regime cannot torture and execute people in and out of prison in numbers similar to that of the 1980s, there is another reason behind it. The blow it suffered to its nuclear ambitions, along with people boycotting this regime and crippling global sanctions have acted as poison inside this regime. If it could, rest assured Tehran would attack its dissidents inside and outside of the country on a daily basis, especially the thousands of dissident refugees in Iraq.
There is no doubt that the Iranian regime itself was behind the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. This provides something to think about for those who seek short-term political and economic interests at the cost of gross human rights violations in Iran, and providing more breathing room for this vicious regime that is continuing its atrocious human rights violations and rising executions.