Iran, where lives of innocents means nothing to the regime, where young and elderly porters are gunned down at borders on a daily basis, where one day we hear of the 19-year-old Mohammed Hussain Mojiri being gunned in Isfahan by security forces; another day security forces beat retirees who are protesting for their six-month delayed pensions; where state-run financial institutes plunder the wealth of the people and when they rise in protest to reclaim their rights, the regime oppresses them; where farmers are beaten when asking for their right to water.
While the Iranian people grapple with poverty and seek for food in the garbage, the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, enjoys his $100-billion fortune, his children have billions of dollars in foreign banks, and some officials in his regime have over 50 bank accounts.
One could describe the deeds of Iran’s regime as atrocities. Yet when it comes to the mullahs, they feel free to incriminate their victims.
Recently, two of the most vicious mullahs who have executed thousands of regime opponents and are particularly responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, most members of Iran’s largest opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), defended their crimes.
Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, former minister of justice and member of the “Death Commission” during the 1988 massacre of 1988, made atrocious remarks recently. “We have not yet settled scores with the MEK.” He deliberately ignored the Islamic law, which says that once a person is captured on the battlefield, they shouldn’t be harmed, even if they continue fighting when liberated.
During the “Eternal Light” operation of the National Liberation Army of Iran, when NLA forces captured the regime’s troops, Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi, and NLA commander-in-chief, ordered his forces to release them, even though they came back and continued fighting.
The truth is that the mullahs are very much similar to their mentor, Ruhollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa for the killing of thousands of prisoners with no mercy.
Amnesty International also issued a statement condemning Pour Mohammadi’s remarks. “These comments, coupled with the appointment, in March 2019, of Ebrahim Raisi, who, like Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, was involved with the mass extrajudicial executions of 1988, to the position of the head of the judiciary put survivors, family members of those executed and human rights defenders at increased risk of harassment and persecution simply for seeking truth and justice.”
Amnesty International further writes, “Between July and September 1988, they forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed several thousand unjustly imprisoned political dissidents in secret as part of a systematic effort to eliminate political opposition.
“Contrary to these narratives, which demonize the victims as ‘terrorists’ and ‘murderers’, those forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in 1988 were mostly young men and women, some just teenagers, unjustly imprisoned because of their political opinions and non-violent political activities such as distributing opposition newspapers and leaflets, taking part in demonstrations, collecting donations for prisoners’ families or associating with those who were politically active.
“Some of the prisoners were arbitrarily held without ever having been tried or sentenced; some were serving unjust prison terms ranging from life to as little as two or three years; some had completed their sentences and were due to be released, or had been told that they would remain in prison because they were not deemed ‘sufficiently repentant’.
“It should be emphasized that enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions are prohibited under all circumstances, irrespective of what the victim is suspected of or has been convicted of doing.
“The mass enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions of 1988 constitute crimes against humanity under international law.”
In addition, another murderous mullah, Mohammad Razini, emphasized that these extrajudicial executions were carried under the direct order of Khomeini.
These shed light on the regime’s atrocities, which began from the very first day of Khomeini’s arrival when he said he had no feeling entering the country and started demonizing the MEK from the very first day.
The solution to the regime’s atrocities is not appeasement. One shouldn’t only express regret when mass murders occur when political prisoners such as Alireza Shir Mohammad-Ali are stabbed to death in their cells and while the people of Iran grapple with poverty. One cannot stop these crimes with nice words and good wishes. We have to act and topple this murderous regime.