Sunday, June 12, 2005

The Shot Heard Round The World?
Bomb Targets Islamofascist Government of Iran

A few months back I posted a declaration, which I saw on Regime Change Iran, from a group of people calling themselves The 70 Million Peopl of Iran. The declaration was both a call and a warning to the existing Islamofascist governement of Iran that they have until June 17th to leave the country:

An open letter submitted by the opposition inside Iran to the government of Iran and to the world leaders and media.

To the Government of the Islamic Republic in Iran,

We, the 70 million people of Iran, hereby joyfully and unequivocally declare that your time has come to an end, and we demand that you submit to the will of the Iranian people and peacefully surrender the power to its rightful owners, the people of Iran, immediately.

We no longer consider you our legitimate government and hereby warn all foreign governments that all transactions, and contracts signed with this government after June 16, 2005, will be null and void.
No longer will we stand idly by. The end of one of the most bloody, brutal and totalitarian regimes is OVER. You can choose your own destiny.
We will give you what you never gave us, a chance to flee. Either you leave peacefully or you will face our wrath and judgment.

Your own meaningless and rigged elections will be your undoing. You have until the 16th of June, 2005 to return power to the people, and forever leave our beloved Iran.
Should you be so unwise to stay, on the 17th day of June, the Election Day, we shall prepare for your demise as we stay at home, once again, to declare our solidarity.
Beginning on June18th and every day thereafter, we shall strike like a furious flood to cleanse our nation from your filthy existence.

The day I posted this declaration (in a post I titled The Iranian Declaration of Indepenance?), it was pointed out to me that the source of the document was, apparently, a group of expatriats based in Los Angeles. The question became, do they really represent a group of people with the political power and will to effect the changes they threaten, or are they simply a group of fools shooting off their mouth.

I hope for the former and fear the latter.

This declaration has haunted me. I think about it almost every day. What if it's really true? If it is, then the world is in for some huge changes, and some extraordinary drama over the course of the next few months. What will George Bush do to help? What will Europe do? Will Russia and China try to squash the will of the Iranian people? Will Russia and China stand against the US attmpts to help the Iranian people?

Today there is a news report of a large bomb exploding in Tehran, targeting the government. Could this be the first shot? A warning shot, targeting the Mullahs?:

TEHRAN, Iran - At least eight people were killed and 36 others injured Sunday in four bomb explosions that targeted government buildings and officials in southwestern state-run television reported.
At least four women were among those killed in the explosions in Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern Khuzestan province which borders Iraq. The blasts were the deadliest explosions in Iran in more than a decade.

Gholamreza Shariati, deputy provincial governor for security affairs, said perpetrators were seeking to undermine public participation in Friday's presidential elections.

Television pictures showed the blast sites with heavily damaged buildings and blood on the ground. The force of the explosions also damaged cars in the streets. Shariati said 36 people, including eight police officers, were injured.

Following the first three blasts, experts had tried to defuse a fourth bomb but failed, and it exploded.

Ahvaz was the site of two days of violent demonstrations in April after reports circulated of an alleged plan to decrease the proportion of Arabs in the area. Officials at the time confirmed one death but opposition groups said more than 20 demonstrators had been killed. Some 250 were arrested.

The protests were sparked after copies of a letter allegedly signed by Vice President
Mohammad Ali Abtahi circulated in the area. The letter ordered the relocation of non-Arabs to the Ahvaz to make them the majority population. Abtahi denied writing the letter.

Arabs make up about 3 percent of Iran's population, Persians account for 51 percent and other minorities comprise the remainder.

Bomb explosions have been a rare occurrence in Iran since the end of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

Just because government official, Gholamreza Shariati, said perpetrators were seeking to undermine public participation in Friday's presidential elections, doesn't mean that was the purpose of the bomb.

One question I have about this news story is, if the bomb was targeting the government building, why did it apparently hit so many innocents?

It's hard to understand what is going on from the outside. Hopefully, we will get more clear information soon.

UPDATE: Go to Regime Change Iran for more info. Iran