Going rogue - the militarization of Iran
Boston Globe / Raja Kamal and Karim Pakravan
26-Dec-2009 (2 comments)

The escalation of tensions between Iran and the international community over Iran’s nuclear program is but another manifestation of the de facto militarization of the Islamic regime. This trend became apparent with the brutal suppression of the popular protests following the fraudulent presidential election in June.

The suppression was designed to quell once and for all the vast democracy movement and instead establish a military regime. Ahmadinejad and his military allies have established their supremacy at the expense of the religious elites, overshadowing the Supreme Leader Khameni and the various religious-dominated governing councils.

While the secret police and militias were always a key pillar of the regime, they were subordinated to religious leaders, reporting directly to the supreme leader. However, things changed with the election of Ahmadinejad in 2005. Deprived of political power - which is vested in the supreme leader - Ahmadinejad used his administrative powers to staff the central and provincial governments, as well as key economic and educational positions with loyalists.

He also paid special attention to key police groups, replacing top commanders and diverting economic resources to his loyal followers - among others, the Khatam-al-Nabeein Company, which was awarded its first multibillion-dollar contract to develop an oil field. Over the next few years, the security forces extended their control over the military, the media, and al... >>>

Shifteh Ansari

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by Shifteh Ansari on

Yes, Iran is a military state now, but the military men who are running Iran now didn't think they would have such a hard time holding on to power after the coup.  People of Iran should be noticed and acknowledged and supported for the pressure they are putting on their government for precisely the same arrogant behavior which the writers here think are signs of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's strength, and a source of fear to the rest of the world.

In fact inside Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad enjoys close to zero credibility now and Iranians are sick of him and his Supreme Leader's murderous treatment of Iranians.  When will op-ed writers learn about Iran before writing the world prescriptions on what to do about Iran?



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by OmidKarimi on

Europe and the US have no interest in the well being of the Iranian people. They never had, they never will. The Middle-East is a wolves den, the one with the biggest stick survives, democratic or not. They see this brave wave calling for democracy as another tool to blackmail Iran for their own strategic and regional interests. Remember the Cedar revolution in lebanon? They demonstrated, wanted democracy and independence from Syria, how were they rewarded? US bombs dropped on their heads by Israeli pilots in American F16s killing over 2000 of their country-men..

I urge Iranians to get this revolution over with, claim your rights, and get back to securing Irans foreign security interests as one with (hopefully) a secular democratic government that can reach out hands to all nations without sacrificing our interests, before this movement is misused for the profit of foreigners..


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