Roger L. Simon

Stalin Lives in Iran: Return of the Show Trial

The Iranian Regime continues to push the edge of the totalitarian envelope by engaging in show trials straight out of the Stalin era.

For Stalin: The principal tactic was to charge the defendants, under Article 58 of the RSFSR Penal Code, with conspiring with the western powers to assassinate Stalin and other Soviet leaders, dismember the Soviet Union and restore capitalism.

For A-jad and company: An Iranian court on Saturday charged a French woman, two Iranians working for the British and French embassies in Tehran and dozens of others with spying and aiding a Western plot to overthrow the system of clerical rule.

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme… as they say. No wonder the Russians have so far been the greatest allies of Tehran in the mullah’s quest for nuclear weapons.

But let me get this straight – our administration wants to negotiate with these thugs? What’s the point? Would you take their word for anything for ten minutes? The article continues: It was the second mass trial in a week aimed at uprooting the moderate opposition and ending protests that erupted after the disputed June 12 presidential election.

So it goes.