The alternate universe that is Islamic law rears its ugly head again, Iranian style. In an article headlined “I wed Iranian girls before execution” in the Jerusalem Post a Basiji militiaman describes how the ruling powers in Iran get around a pesky clause in Islamic law that prohibits the execution of virgins. They perform a sham marriage, marrying a girl or woman to a militiaman, then consummate the marriage by having the militiaman rape his “wife”:
In a shocking and unprecedented interview, directly exposing the inhumanity of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s religious regime in Iran, a serving member of the paramilitary Basiji militia has told this reporter of his role in suppressing opposition street protests in recent weeks.
He has also detailed aspects of his earlier service in the force, including his enforced participation in the rape of young Iranian girls prior to their execution.
The interview took place by telephone, and on condition of anonymity. It was arranged by a reliable source whose identity can also not be revealed.
Founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 as a “people’s militia,” the volunteer Basiji force is subordinate to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and intensely loyal to Khomeini’s successor, Khamenei.
The Basiji member, who is married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention. He had been held for the “crime” of having set free two Iranian teenagers – a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections.
“There have been many other police and members of the security forces arrested because they have shown leniency toward the protesters out on the streets, or released them from custody without consulting our superiors,” he said.
Once again we see that peace and stability in an Islamic state (that is peace that does not upend the apple cart of the ruling cabala), are maintained through brutality and terror, and the treatment of female human beings as property. This would cause a rational person to wonder what kind of ruling government, that is supposedly governing based upon the word of a just God, a government controlled by religious figures, supposedly holy figures, would tolerate such inhumanity.
Jim Leff has a theory in his blog posting titled “Iran: The Real Battle Reveals Itself”. Jim’s theory is that Iran is actually controlled by an economic “mafia”, which is behind all of the brutal repression:
So what’s being stated here is that the core money guys (power and Allah aside) constitute a mafia with entrenched interest in remaining in power and tightening control to resist scrutiny by press or public. And since the clergy – even the most conservative clergy – has sided with the reformists, the battle is no longer left vs. right, mullahs vs. public, or reformists vs. conservatives. The gloves have come off, and it’s becoming clear that it’s about a corrupt mafia (which happens to be composed of a few clergy) versus the people.
Jim’s analysis may well be right, repressive regimes always seem to be controlled by a readily corruptible “power elite”, be it the Central Committee of the Soviet or Chinese Communist Party, the Myanmar generals, the former Bathist regime of Saddam Hussein, or the money men and their mullah co-conspirators in Iran. It so frequently seems to come down to greedy, criminal motives. We are better than this, humanity has not evolved intellectually and physically, we have not become more adept at provisioning our food and shelter, more comfortable in our existence because we have behaved brutally, we have thrived through hard work, self control, collaboration and mutual respect. A repressive regime that does not command the respect of the people that it governs will always be doomed to ultimate failure, sooner or later.
One way to counter the brutality and thuggishness that is occurring in Iran today is to shine a very bright light upon it all, readers here can join in by participating in and supporting the United for Iran world rally, Global Day For Action tomorrow, July 25. (Click here for info.)