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Khamenei Wants Mousavi Arrested and Broken

The Islamic Republic has launched a purge of top officials — and initiated the arrest of Mousavi. (Also read Michael Ledeen: The Death of the Islamic Republic)

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Afshin Ellian

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August 10, 2009 - 9:00 am
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PJM has obtained the following English translation of Afshin Ellian’s article. Ellian reveals that Khamenei has now approved an arrest warrant against Mousavi, which could be enforced at any moment by the Revolutionary Guards.

The website for Green Freedom has a citation by Mostafa Tadjzadeh that illustrates the heart of Iranian politics:

The agreement was that we were to become the Islamic Japan. Now we are on the way to become an Islamic North Korea and if Ahmadinejad becomes the next president then we shall become the Islamic Zimbabwe.

Mostafa Tadjzadeh was a junior minister under President Khatami. Like many others, he was arrested in Tehran one day after the June elections. He is presently in Evin prison.

We are now in the well-known phase when “the revolution devours its young.” Many political prisoners have been compelled to publicly submit false confessions. In a scene worthy of the purges of Mao or Stalin, Mohammed Ali Abtahi, vice president under Khatami, begged the judge to give him the maximum punishment. The purges affect everyone, even the intelligence services. Not only was the minister of intelligence recently removed, but also dozens of top men at the ministry, including the head of the Department of Culture (Habibolah), the head of counterespionage (Khazai), the head of the technical department (Firoozabadi), the head of the Parliamentary department (Mansouri), and the head of protection and security (Moin).

These men are professionals — tough guys who have served the Islamic Republic for a long time. Why have they been targeted at this moment?

The public at large does not care about such people. These men have been targeted now to send a message to other individuals at or near the top of the governmental pyramid:

If such men can be purged, you face the same destiny.

The message comes from the current rulers. According to Iranian and international sources, it is Modjtaba Khamenei — the son of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — who on behalf of his father is at the center of power in Iran. He has gathered around him a small handful of allies — a few apocalyptic ayatollahs, the supreme commander of the Revolutionary Guard, representatives of the intelligence services, the judicial branch, Basij, Ahmedinejad, the chief of staff of the Iranian Forces, and perhaps a few others.

These people organized the show trials in order to intimidate would-be opponents and dissidents.

Above all, the show trials were aimed at four individuals: Hashemi Rafsanjani, the second most important man in the regime; former President Mohammed Khatami; and the two other presidential candidates, Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi.

The message from the rulers is as simple as it is brutal: this is what awaits you. You, too, can be dishonored, disrobed, and put on display. We have methods to make you confess to being western spies.

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