Thursday, July 27, 2006

Islamic Republic of Iran - evil child murderers


I'm furious, absolutely livid and so should you be. You see, the tragic conflict of Israel and Hizbullah is across borders and gets a lot of coverage. Understandably so - but the tragedy within states is limited to what reports leak out, particularly those states where the media is under state control.
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So this time I want you in New Zealand to do something, particularly those who protest against war, or for womens' rights or human rights. It is about time you went to 151 Te Anau Road, Hataitai, Wellington (the Iranian Embassy in NZ) and protested. You could organise a march from the city, around Oriental Bay, up to Roseneath to this address - you could burn an Iranian flag and you could make the Iranian Embassy staff see the sort of hatred usually dished out to the USA and Israel.
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Go on you so called “peace activists”, go on feminists, who say you want to defend women’s rights. Go protest against a state OTHER than the US, UK or Israel committing atrocities – one that executes teenage girls.
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The photo in the corner is one of many reasons why. It is of a girl who lived her life the way she wanted, like many do in the West. Certainly in ways that the Christian right would disapprove of, and maybe in ways that some feminists would say is wrong - but I think she simply lived.
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Atefeh Rajabi was hanged in Neka, Iran on 15 August 2004. Her crime? She had sex with a married man. She had been convicted five times before of sex with unmarried men, and she received 100 lashes for that every single time. She was 16 by the time those convictions had been chalked up. The Iranian government claims she was 22 when executed, but her lawyer was convinced she was 16 – and her parents had even specifically produced her birth certificate proving that she was 16 (proving that she's not an adult) and the ruling clergy of the town of forged papers and insisted that in fact she was 22 and that that was enough reason to hang her. Her age though, is almost neither here nor there.
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This is what happened when she was executed. You have to read it – just as you have to, once, see what happened in Auschwitz. It is the same evil:
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Witnesses report that she begged for her life as she was dragged kicking and screaming to the makeshift gallows. She shouted "repentance" over and over again – a gesture which, according to Islamic law, is supposed to grant the accused the right to an immediate stay of execution while an appeal is heard. Atefeh's cries were in vain. Haji Rezaie, the judge who presided over her trial, put the noose around her neck himself. He said he was pleased to do it. "Society has to be kept safe from acts against public morality," he insisted. He ordered that her body be left hanging from the crane for several hours so people could see what happened to teenagers who "committed acts incompatible with chastity".”
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I’d put a bullet through Haji Rezaie’s head in a moment to stop him doing this to others. He is like a Nazi extermination camp commander - utterly without redemption. The married man received 75 lashes and was then freed - but these sorts of men run Iran.
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There are plenty of Iranians who hate this, who hate their murderous Islamist slave state. This brilliant article by Siamack Baniameri at the time tells all about Atefeh Rajabi’s character – she wasn’t deterred by the thugs who told her what to do with her body, she was a rebellious teenager – and they killed her for it. This is the spirit of life that the Iranian regime denies, and which will spill up and overthrow them in due course. We should support efforts to broadcast alternative news and information, drop leaflets and support non-Islamist dissidents.
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If that doesn’t shock you enough, how about the case of Leila M, who is condemned to death for “acts incompatible with chastity”, she was 19.
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The Daily Telegraph continues:
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“She was sold into prostitution at the age of eight by her parents. She recalls the experience of when her mother "first took me to a man's house" as "a horrible night. I cried a lot … but then my mum came the next day and took me home. She brought me chocolate and cheese curls."
Forced by beatings and threats to continue "visiting men" from that night onwards, she became pregnant and had twins when she was 14. She was punished with 100 lashes by the Iranian courts for giving birth to illegitimate children
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What should the state do when it discovers this? Take care of the child, and imprison the parents for selling her, and the men for abusing her. Noooo, in Iran girls from 9 up are considered capable of committing crimes against chastity – so the evil scum (fine if they rape little girls) beat her.
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how about Kaveh Habibi-Nejad, a 14-year-old boy was flogged for eating outdoors on Ramadan. He died from the injuries because the metal cable used to flog him hit his head.
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Note of course that sentences for men involved in any crimes are far less, the men who rape children get little, and for some reason girls down to 9 are legally able to be executed, but boys need to be 14.
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This is the state that many on the left think is fine to have nuclear weapons. Does the US government execute girls who have been forced into prostitution, does it execute girls who have sex with married men? Does any Western country? “No, but..” you say. No! There are no “buts”. This is unspeakably evil, reprehensible beyond words.
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How about ordinary Iranians, what happens when they question this barbarity? Well..
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“Mahbobeh Abbasgholizadeh, an Iranian academic, was arrested on November 1 after having queried some aspects of Iranian justice in a speech she made at a conference. She was held for a month before being released and charged with "acting against the security of the country". If she is convicted, it could mean an indefinite prison sentence. “
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So there, another slave state. By the way, it is a death sentence if you convert to another religion from Islam too.
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But no, big bad USA. Moral relativists can protest, but protest against the system that allows them to protest
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Or maybe the executions of gay men will upset you enough?
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Expect the UN to care? Well given that Iranian Prosecutor General Saaed Mortazavi is its delegate to the Human Rights Council, you must be joking. This is Iran's repulsive document supporting its candidacy for the Council, it wasn't elected to be on the Council, but it attends the meetings. Human Rights Watch reports:
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"General Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in June 2003 while in the custody of judiciary and security agents led by Mortazavi. Lawyers representing Kazemi’s family have alleged that her body showed signs of torture, including blows to her head, and that Mortazavi participated directly in her interrogation. "
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I guess the UN would have let Nazis stand for election on the Council too. Nevertheless, China and Saudi Arabia are on it. All members in the Western Europe and Other States group should boycott the Council while such vile regimes remain on it.
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So I dare you to protest, fight back and declare openly and repeatedly what you think of Iran's atrocities against its own citizens. I fucking dare you, then you wont be anti-American moral relativist scum, the type that sits in your cozy Western house, hating the society that sees you living in comfort, while remaining silent about a pre-modern state of utter barbarity. I dare Helen Clark to make a statement in Parliament, but no… nothing beats being diplomatic when teenage girls get hanged! I bet the Embassy in Tehran did nothing, the MFAT profile on Iran is sterile.
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However you wont will you? You’ll be upset about Israel and go on about war, but you’ll sit back and do nothing about the murderous Iranian regime. You’ve give me every excuse under the sun about why you, as a feminist, liberal or whatever nomenclature you have, wont burn the Iranian flag, but happily cheer when the US flag is burnt. You’ll simply prove that this is either a game, and only by being anti-American can you and your mates get a party protest going and feel good about yourselves, or your so called beliefs are hiding your true nature. You’re happy to have children beaten and executed by a regime, because it is opposing the USA.

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