The democracy of the Ayatollah

The Islamic republic of Iran has a lot of extreme rules. But only with a few exceptions, the other Muslim nations in the World are governed by similar regulations.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran just held its presidential election. The last days before 46 million voters was challenged to vote, we could see TV-pictures of two campaigners. They were the sitting president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his «main rival» Mir Hossein Mousavi.

The pictures from Teheran looked like they could have been from any other democracy of the World. But its a deception. Democracy in Iran is not what it looks like. The fact that there are several candidates to the presidential post, does not confirm that anyone who wants, can be elected the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

First: You have to be a man. Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, no women can run for election.

Second:
You have to express the Muslim faith. Member of other religions are automatically excluded.

Third: You can not be a Sunni Muslim. You have to be a Shia Muslim.

Fourth: Yo have to be a man at the age between 40 and 75.

Firth: You have be be recognized as a «good Muslim» by the Council of Guardians of Islam.On this council sit men who claim to be the most learned men in Iran. Only they understanding the full and true meaning of the Koran.

Sixth: In the filter process of finding good electable men, during the last election in 1997, the Council rejected 234 of the 238 proposed men who wanted to stand for election as President.

A pupet in a string. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kisses the hand of the supreme leader.
A puppet in a string. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kisses the hand of the supreme leader.

During the June 2009 election, there were only four men who made it through the eye of the needle.

Iran has a deceptive system of anti-democratic laws and regulations. On top this system, there is only one supreme leader. The Ayatolla Ali Khamenei. He holds the keys to the commanders of the police and military forces and six of the twelve members of the Council of Guardians of Islam. This council also elects the Judges and the leaders of Irans religious institutions.

The Islamic republic of Iran has a lot of extreme rules. But only with a few exceptions, the other Muslim nations in the World are governed by similar regulations. Most of the Muslim nations do correctly have a form of a Parliament. But the elected representatives are only voicing the opinion of decisions taken by powerful men higher up in the hierarchy.

In Syria, in the year 2000, the Islamic elite did not even bother of going to any election process before the son of the dictator Hafez al-Assad was appointed the next president.

In Egypt, it is more than likely that the son of President Hosni Mubarak will be appointed the next President.

Source: Editorial in the Norwegian Christian daily «DagenMagazinet».

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4 thoughts on “The democracy of the Ayatollah

  1. When one is ignorant, one will dehumanize others in order to sound normal! Huh!

    Iran has a deceptive system of anti-democratic laws and regulations.

    That’s intelligent!

    And we live in a perfect world? In the US people are still being discriminated against… including WOMEN!

    And in the dictatorship “Jewish” State of Isra-hell, discrimination is public! Palestinians cars in some cities have special license plates! (Talk about Nazism and the Star of David forced upon Jews to identify them from the rest)! “Israeli” Arabs and/or Palestinians are excluded from the political system. It’s a “Jewish” state baby: the “only” democracy in the Middle YEast!

    And in the Jewish State of Israel, the Talmud teaches that a Rabbi may have sex with a girl as young as 3 years old and 1 day!

    So get your facts straight about the “Islamic” states or the “Jewish” not-much-better State!

    ATW

  2. Dear ATW.

    You have the freedom of expression, since you can blog.

    Even defame me, and write hate messages on Israel. I am a free man, and I upheld your right to free expression by not deleting your comment.

    You would not have been able to write anything good about Israel in an Iranian newspaper. Iran does even censor the Internet, denies your democratic right to read web-sites. Even web-sites that will expose the truth about a regime of religious dictatorship.

    That is something you should start to reflect on.

    And by the way: The Secretary of State of the US is a woman.

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