Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mousavi: The Man Who Shook Tehran by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed

After the late Imam Ayatollah Khomeini, Mir Hossein Mousavi is the second man to lead a popular opposition movement and to cause upheaval in the Iranian capital of Tehran. He has stood up against the results of the elections and the vote rigging and now is leading the confrontation against the Supreme Leader’s orders, challenging the regime, its bodies, threats and symbols.

It’s not Mousavi’s mentality that distinguishes him but his leadership and courage. Other opposition leaders have emerged before Mousavi to challenge the ruling body, but would stop in their tracks as soon as the regime would brandish its weapons. Despite that he has been marginalized and vexed, Hashemi Rafsanjani is satisfied with the internal grievances. Despite his popularity, former president Mohamed Khatami remained hidden in fear of revenge; he considered the bomb he found in the airplane’s toilet a threat, and it was successful as it silenced him throughout the elections.

As for Mousavi, he appears to be a tough politician and a charismatic leader surrounded by hundreds of thousands of youths, or even millions, who hate Ahmadinejad and are disappointed with Khatami and other opposition leaders.

Mousavi is becoming more and more charismatic. The man stands in the middle of the masses knowing that he is the regime’s main target. If he were to escape assassination, he would not be safe from defamation of character as he may be accused of treason, spying or of other charges that would see him removed from the political field. Regardless of the pressure to which he was subjected to accept the election results, he strongly rejected them in an unprecedented manner we have not seen before in Iran’s contemporary history.

His excellent performance in debates and the support provided by his wife Zahra are highly admired. He ruthlessly attacked the ideas, attitudes and performance of Ahmadinejad’s government. Mousavi’s wife also took part in the massive campaign, causing Ahmadinejad to openly vilify her.

However, his opposition to Ahmadinejad, and his rejection to follow the Supreme Guide’s orders, does not make him a revolutionary who has some kind of plan to overthrow the regime or someone who does not share the Iranian Islamic ideology. In reality, Mousavi is a product of the Islamic revolution and the regime. In spite of his moderate attitude, he will never sail too far away from the Supreme Leader’s and President Ahmadinejad’s general policy. He openly supports the nuclear program and criticizes Ahmadinejad’s failed administration and describes his internal policy as a failed one and him as a liar. Mousavi can be considered a moderate Islamist liberal with great ideas for the regime, but at the same time he hates the leadership.

Now, Mousavi, dead or alive, has become a great problem for the regime. This is why his opponents want to kill his character before he becomes a martyr. They want to distort his revolution by claiming that it is a British plot backed by Israeli spying cells, citing as evidence the bombings attributed to the revolutionaries. The Iranian regime’s main goal now is to attack Mousavi’s character so that he would not become a leader of the Iranian masses, which would join him and together become a strong wave capable of washing away the authority’s fortresses.


Anonymous said...

Well, he can bow, kiss his ring, and call him “Supreme Leader” all he wants… but these blood-soaked tyrants are laughing at Obambi. It doesn’t matter what Obama says to the Mullahs now… they lost all respect for him when he started sending them adoring fan mail. They know this smiley plastic mannequin isn’t going to do anything.
Ronald Reagan’s support of Poland’s Solidarity in the dark days of the Soviet-ordered crackdown is the model here… not the preposterous straw-man argument of “what are you going to do, invade?” disingenuously presented by the do-nothing, Obama-pologist left.
And isn’t this what George W Bush told you was going to happen in the Middle East in the wake of Iraq’s liberation?
Maybe that’s why Barack Obama has so little apparent interest in finishing the job in Iran… no matter how much it benefits the US and free world.
That, and the fact that he’s already piled all his chips on legitimizing this vile regime- and a democratic revolution at this point would be downright embarrassing for him.

roy_mitsuoka said...


Please read "Terrorist Iran and Atomic Iran" located at my site (

I only posted the article to remind people the following:

Ahmadinejad VS. Mousavi, Not So Fast:

Mousavi is a product of the Islamic Revolution or Spirit of 79'. In spite of his moderate attitude, he will never sail far away from the Supreme Leader and President Ahmadinejad. He openly supports the nuclear program and criticizes President Ahmadinejad Administration internal policy.

Mousavi, In Relation to US History at Another Time:

He is not an avatar for democracy. About three decades ago Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included attacks on the U.S. Embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. Mousavi was Prime Minister of Iran for most of the 1980s, personally selected the point man for the Beirut attacks.

God speed.

R-R-R said...

I understand what you are saying Roy, and that was my reaction the first couple days after the election... but IMO then this became about more than Mousavi getting into office.

Once they openly defied the authorities and starting "death to the dictator" and even "death to Khamenei" it became a democratic revolution- these people aren't putting their lives on the line for a ballot recount in a few districts.

Since the regime clearly won't back down now, and everyone knows it... what they must be fighting on for is to overthrow it.

And this thing is a marathon, not a sprint... it won't go away now.

roy_mitsuoka said...


I understand where you are comming from.

However, a few more variables need to come up and form, a few more actions need to take place, and a few more things need to come to light before your perspective can even be thought of as possible in relation to certain outlooks.

God speed.

Anonymous said...

What kind of things... like for the US President to actually do his job?

Yeah... that would help, lol

Unfortunately Obama lack the moral and strategic clarity to do what needs to be done... even if he had the courage, which he does not.

roy_mitsuoka said...


Your comments is the reason why I did not become a lawyer and got out of politics as the platform for my life.

I am into intelligence, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights as determined by and enforced by directly or in directly through the Supreme Court, the Executive Branch, and the Congress.

You, as I, do not have access to all the information. The President of the United States and Commander in Chief has access to a great deal of information and advisers (both political and intelligence personnel.) At the same time, elected by the American people and would not bring harm to the American people.

Just a note, it is the right of elected persons to use politics and/or intelligence to make a course of actions given the nature of their position and where their position comes from.

Just a note, it is not right for someone in the intelligence community to use politics as their platform given the effects of such actions (i.e. getting people killed) on the production of analysis.

God speed.