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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Confederation of Iranian Students statement on UK embassy attack

I received via email the following statement from the Confederation of Iranian Students and the Iranian Freedom Institute regarding the Basij-led attack (that's what they're calling it - the Iranians are calling the attackers 'students') on the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday.
As the U.S. and its European allies begin to impose effective sanctions on the Islamic Republic, the western democracies should anticipate that the regime will initiate more of these fully-authorized, staged incidents under the guise of a student movement. The so-called students, of course, are plain-clothed basiji following orders from the regime. Even Moussa Ghornani, a member of the legal committee of the Iranian Parliament, admitted unwittingly in a statement that “the students who entered the British Embassy yesterday were members of one of the official and effective organizations within the regime.” The basiji “students” published an announcement in the Raja News (the official news agency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) that railed against the government of Britain because “this evil government had the audacity to sanction our Central Bank.”

The western democracies should take this incident as evidence that the recently imposed sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) have infuriated the regime. And for good reason. The CBI sanctions will disrupt the smooth flow of revenue to the regime that is essential to pay its loyalists, the basiji, and the Revolutionary Guard Corps leadership. The Iranian Freedom Institute (IFI) and the Confederation of Iranian Students (CIS) applauded the imposition of CBI sanctions noting that this is a major step in the right direction.

Contrary to the regime’s propaganda, the Iranian freedom student movement believes the regime has lost its legitimacy and has called repeatedly for its removal. The western democracies should not be misled by the regime’s subterfuge. The Iranian freedom student movement seeks a free, democratic and secular Iran. The Confederation of Iranian Students, in particular, has been at the forefront of this fight for basic human rights and freedoms that the Iranian people desperately seek. Be clear on this point. The Iranian regime, not the average Iranian citizen, is affected by the CBI sanctions and only the imposition of oil sanctions would have a decisive impact on the Islamic Republic.

IFI and CIS believe that the imposition of oil sanctions against the Islamic Republic will cut off the life blood of the regime – the revenue essential to meet the payrolls of its domestic security forces, the basiji and the Revolutionary Guard Corps leadership. The oil sanctions report prepared by the CIS presents a detailed analysis showing how a carefully developed and implemented plan, coordinated closely with the Saudi government, would cripple the Iranian regime and avoid shocking the international oil markets during the current period of international financial turmoil. In this regard, IFI and CIS strongly support French President Sarcozy’s call for international sanctions on the Iranian regime’s oil exports, and will continue their efforts to encourage the U.S. Congress to adopt bipartisan legislation toward that end.
Well, I'm glad to see we've finally done something effective. Imagine if we actually had shut down all access for the Central Bank of Iran to the world financial markets. Maybe they'd even think about stopping the nuclear program.

And with that, I'd like to direct a question or two to whomever sent me this email (yes, I got this anonymously - that's how all these things come - but obviously whoever sent it is at least aware that this blog exists and is probably looking out for this post).

If you were to unseat the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad, what would you do with Iran's nuclear program?

If you were to unseat the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad, what kind of relations, if any, would you anticipate having with the State of Israel?

Two and a half years ago, during the Green Revolution, I could not get straight answers to either of those questions. And so, we will try again.

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6 Comments:

At 3:32 AM, Blogger Chayma said...

These two questions are riduculous. That is why you didn't get any answers. I have to marvel at your arrogance in assuming any nation will not want to go nuclear?

I'll answer them for you, and i'm 100% the Iranians will agree with me.


1. Iran's nuclear program goes on. Soon it will be complete, inshallah. The Iranians may (some of them) want to be rid of a theocracy, but all, secular, religious, young and old support their nuclear program.
You cannot have one country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons only. That has to change.


2. The relations with Israel are as you know very well. AFTER Palestine comes into being, or there is one state with equal rights for all. This is just a red herring question. Iran is a member of the OIC and the UN, and both support the two state solution.

It's you and your ilk that are the odd ones out, that is why it is imperitive that Iran goes nuclear as soon as possible.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger galatical1 said...

Pay no attention to the guy above. He's probably working for the Islamic Republic. I'm a Jew who knows the people at Confederation of Iranian Students very well. They are very pro Israel and support normalization of relations with Israel.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger galatical1 said...

Pay no attention to the guy above. He's probably working for the Islamic Republic. I'm a Jew who knows the people at Confederation of Iranian Students very well. They are very pro Israel and support normalization of relations with Israel.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger galatical1 said...

Pay no attention to the guy above. He's probably working for the Islamic Republic. I'm a Jew who knows the people at Confederation of Iranian Students very well. They are very pro Israel and support normalization of relations with Israel.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger Chayma said...

Pay no attention to the guy above,

The wannabe Iranian mind reader doesn't know of my own connections with Muslim communities which could wipe the floor clean with his what? "confederation of Iranian students"

Galatical1

You are either a liar, or your 'confederation of misfits' is lying.

As you will see shortly:

1. Iranians overhelmingly, including students support their nuclear program.

2. What is pro Israel? Again you lie. Everything I said above is facts, based on FACTS not wishful thinking.

I know what i'm talking of,

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger IranChannel said...

My name is Saghar Erica Kasraie, I am the spokesperson of the Confederation of Iranian Students. I was unaware of the following blog, however I am glad I stumbled upon it. Our mission is transparent and we are honored to be the voice of the young generation in Iran who seeks freedom and democracy. Please see what the US Congressional Research Service says about the Confederation of Iranian Students:
Groups composed of well-educated, Westernized urban youth are thebackbone of the Green Movement. Many are women. Student leaderscurrently attempting, with mixed success, to gain support of oldergeneration, labor, clerics, village-dwellers, and other segments. Many inthe Office of Consolidation of Unity, the student group that led the 1999riots but which has since become controlled by regime loyalists, believesthat major reform of the current regime might be acceptable. Along withmany other student/youth opposition groups, one offshoot of the Office,the Confederation of Iranian Students (CIS), believes in outrightreplacement of the regime; it is populated by staunchly pro-American,pro-free market activists who support an embargo on Iranian oilpurchases. CIS has a growing Washington, DC, presence led by AmirAbbas Fakhravar, who was jailed for five years for participating in July1999 student riots, although it has members worldwide. Makes extensiveuse of female activists and visited Israel in January 2012 to meet withIsraeli Knesset members and experts. Overall leader, Arzhang Davoodi,serving long prison sentence. CIS has organized several broad oppositionconferences in Washington, DC- Dr. Kenneth Katzman

Your questions are valid
We have vowed to dismantle as Iran does not need nuclear energy
We wish to be friends with US and Israel and to play a constructive role in creating peace in the Middle East

 

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