The New Hostage Crisis: Why Iran's Rulers Imprison People They Know Are Innocent
Foreign Policy / Karim Sadjadpour
25-Oct-2009 (one comment)

My friend, the Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, was recently sentenced to 15 years in Tehran's Evin prison. For those familiar with the ways of authoritarian regimes, the charges against him will ring familiar: espionage, cooperating with an enemy government, and endangering national security.

Since his arrest last July -- he was accused of helping to plan the post-election uprisings -- Kian's family and friends have made countless appeals for clemency to the Iranian government, written letters to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pleading his innocence, and signed dozens of petitions. All to no avail.

I've come now to realize that the regime probably thinks we're obtuse. Indeed, they know better than anyone that Kian is an innocent man. As the expression goes in Persian, "da'va sar-e een neest," i.e. that's not what this fight is about.

Allow me to explain.


An Interesting Thesis

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In an upcoming blog I will explore the thesis that Khamenei, like Stalin and certain Renaissance popes, is a total atheist who cynically chose a  a belief system (Islam) to maximize his own power, interpreting it to suit.  There really are a loot of parallels if you think about it.