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Ayatollah Jannati calls for more Iranian activists to be executed

January 29, 2010

According to a report by the Associated Press, hard-line Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati has called for more activists to be executed to stifle and silence opposition protests.

During a Friday prayer sermon, Jannati reportedly said the clerical leadership’s opponents must be killed “for the sake of God” and that Islam permits rulers to execute “hypocrites.”

Eleven opposition members have recently been sentenced to death–two of which were executed Thursday.

All this just adds to the regime’s decreasing legitimacy. An Islamic regime, whose legitimacy supposedly comes from God and religious teachings such as patience and pacifism yet who in practice crackdown, censor information, detain people baselessly, stifle any dissent and execute people trying to voice their opinions, will not be seen as legitimate in the eyes of the people.

Even the people who fought for the 1979 revolution now see that their dreams and hopes for what the revolutionary regime would achieve (including getting rid of corruption, financial equality and getting rid of absolute authority) have not been carried out. The Iranian people did not fight for a regime that was wrought with corruption, that held a heavy hand in censorship, that fostered high unemployment and inflation rates, a foreign policy that isolated itself from the rest of the world and placed heavy restrictions and limitations on its own people. It is for this reason that now, there is a widening divide between the leadership itself.

As Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy points out, there is a difference between Muslims and Islamists. Following this logic, the Iranian regime is not a Muslim/Islamic regime but instead a follower of the political Islamism ideology.