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What life was like when Mousavi was Prime Minister – letters from an Iranian protester

Hi Jess

When Mousavi was the Prime Minister during the Iran-Iraq War, Khamenei [now the Supreme Leader] was president. They used to argue with each other about how the country should be run.

Mousavi was good in government back then. Although the economy was very bad, he tried his best not to put economic pressure on people so that we had everything we needed on our tables. We did not have as much inflation as we have had during Ahmadinejad’s government. This is why Mousavi has a good reputation amongst most Iranian people.

In the last 20 years Mousavi’s political views have changed. He has become more of a national politician than a religious politician. During the election Ahmadinejad tried to show this as Mousavi’s weak point, but because this is a change that the majority of people support, the people only loved Mousavi more.

Another big issue between them is Palestine.  Ahmadinejad likes helping Palestine and he thinks it’s an ideological fact that he should do it, even if the government does not have enough budget to do so. Ahmadinejad shows himself as a real supporter of the Palestinian people and by doing so he aims to gain a lot of support from the religious people of Iran and the world. But Mousavi says that we shouldn’t help Palestine if we don’t have enough budget for our own government costs. When Mousavi said this Ahmadinejad published a speech of Mousavi’s from 20 years ago, when at that time Mousavi thought like Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad accuses him of being a liar!! He is stupid in thinking that if some body changes their mind it means they are a liar. I don’t know how anybody can develop their mind if they are never going to change it!! This is the same idea that says we have to do whatever the prophet Mohammad did 1400 years ago.

I think the situation is very good now. People have great knowledge of opposing the government, though we need to be organised and learn correct and effective ways of opposing it. Mousavi is willing to establish a party to do classic politic activity.

As a person who sees what is going around me, I believe that Ahmadinejad could not get more than eight million votes and Mousavi should have received at least 25 million. I’m sure the real result of the election is close to these figures. 

Maybe one day the truth will come out.

Yours

Iranian protester

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‘The idea that killed people in the London Underground also killed Neda’ – letters from an Iranian protestor

Hi Jess

Last night the Guardian Council confirmed the validity of election, which is just what we expected from the beginning.

 I’m wondering how Ahmadinejad can look people in the eye and how he can join any international meetings as the president of Iran.  

 Ahmadinejad and his allies believe that power only comes from God, and that it’s his representative on earth – the Supreme Leader – who can distribute the power through an election.

 So in his heart he is not ashamed.  What I say about the belief in their own power is no mere story – unfortunately it’s strongly felt and Muslim extremists share it too.

 Here in Iran the religious leaders are mainly divided into two groups.  There are those who I mentioned above, and those who think more as republicans (just a little more!).  

 This is a very complicated issue but if you can understand it you can understand all the Islamic movements of today, from the Taliban and Bin Laden, to the London Underground bombings, to the suicide bombings in Iraq, and so forth.   The idea that killed people in the London Underground also killed Neda, and would be willing to kill Mousavi.  

 I think a dictatorial regime is not as dangerous as a religious regime, because when a gun fires in the name of a dictator there is always some hesitation.  It cannot last for a long time.   But when a gun fires in the name of God there is such a strong belief behind it.  That’s why a suicide bomber easily kills himself without even getting a penny – he believes he is going straight to heaven.

 Ahmadinejad is the slave of the Supreme Leader and Mousavi would never be like that.  Everyone knows that he would challenge the Supreme leader to do what is right for the people.

‘Emails containing certain phrases will be watched’ – letters from an Iranian protestor

Hi Jess

The circumstance in Tehran and other cities is too military.  So many people have been arrested.  There are some strange interviews on TV with people who have been arrested, as though to show that those arrested are drug smugglers or they were cheated by British or American radio or TV.  I really cannot write the name of these two broadcasters as the Government are controlling all emails by filtering those names!! Stupid!  Any emails containing certain phrases will be watched.

As you will have heard in the news, the final result of the election was supposed to be announced today or tomorrow, but the Supreme Leader postponed it for five more days.  I think the reason for extension is not for more consideration, but because there are arguments between the top leaders, who are not able to end this crisis as they wish.

People are trying to find secure ways of complaining. They shout slogans every night at 10pm from the roof, and there is also a plan for strikes in government and private sectors. 

About Obama, of course I like him.  He is a very thoughtful man who has some new solutions for the old problems of the world.  But I love GW Bush because he was a brave man.  I can’t think of anybody else who could do such great jobs as Afghanistan and Iraq.  I think people of these two countries should build his statue in their main square and thank him every day.  This is my honest belief, because I know what these two countries were like before and after the wars.

I’m leaving Tehran this evening.  I’m going to spend two days in the north of the country.  I’ll be back home on Friday night and until then I’ll have no internet access.

I hope that during these days everything goes well here in Tehran and there in London.

Take care of you and study well.

Yours