Green Voice of Freedom – In a piece published by the Kaleme website, Green Movement Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has expressed his views on the fourth round of United Nations sanction against Iran in early June 2010. The former Iranian prime minister has also discussed ways with which Iran can face the consequences of the UN resolution 1929 against Iran.
Mousavi said that “The resolution and the resolutions could have been prevented from being forced on our country” if the authorities had acted with “wisdom and rationality.” Referring to Ahmadinejad’s mockery of the resolutions, Mousavi added, “saying that this resolution was like a used handkerchief does not reduce the tragedy brought about as a result of explosive and deceitful policies.”
“Foul language and insults towards other countries are only for internal usage and for an uninformed few,” Mousavi said. “But the external reality is that it will not affect the worsening of the situation,” he stated while adding that unlike Iran, in other countries, it was the national interests of those countries are above the interests of those officials.
“For me, it is as clear as day that this resolution will affect the security and economy of our country. It will cause our gross [domestic] product to decline, it will increase unemployment and worsen the people’s daily and social problems, it will widen the gap between us and developing countries especially neighbouring countries, which will be the last nail in the coffin of the twenty-year development plan.”
“Who in their right minds is not aware that after the resolution, our country is more vulnerable and isolated than before?” Mousavi asked. “We must all look at the fate of other countries in the region, trapped by their leaders’ big-headed and empty rhetoric who found dark and unfortunate fates.”
Mousavi also called for finding “solutions that could minimise the threats against the dependence, territorial integrity and the legitimate rights of the country while at the same time protecting the citizens’ freedom and rights”. “Ensuring national interests without the backing of free and informed citizens is not possible,” he argued and added that the “green networks” had the task of finding solutions to the country’s current problems.
“Before pointing out a number of these solutions, it is important to emphasise on the condemnation of this unjust resolution,” Mousavi stressed. In addition he pointed out the double standards of the United Nations in dealing with the crimes against Palestinian people as well as Iran’s nuclear programme. “We are denied our right to use peaceful nuclear technology. Undoubtedly, this is a resolution against our people. Nevertheless, we cannot overlook the effects of adventurist and turbulent policies.”
Mousavi stated that the first and most necessary solution was “honestly informing the nation.” “It is the right of the people to know about the nature of the resolution and other resolutions that are being added. They must know what effects these sanctions have on their livelihoods, the rate of unemployment, inflation, production and the country’s progress and security.”
Mousavi also responded to Ahmadinejad’s claims that the resolution was insignificant. “By merely saying that the resolution is a piece of torn paper, the problems of the people and the country are not resolved. If the people are to resist against the unwanted crises, their trust is necessary, and trust cannot be achieved unless through the state’s veracity and a transparency of information.”
The 2009 presidential candidate warned of the dangers of the latest round of sanctions and the lack of knowledge in respect to it. He added that many of the people did not realise the danger of the new resolution. “If we want to increase the people’s readiness as the most important deterrence element against any possible dangers, we must inform them about the security repercussions of the present conditions.” Mousavi also called on authorities to allow for non-state media to carry out their role in candidly informing the public about the status quo.
Mousavi also compared the handling of the nuclear issue under two different administrations of Mr Khatami and Ahmadinejad and called for more advisors to be used in dealing with the nuclear crisis, especially due to the new circumstances. “As far as I know, contrary to the presidency of Mr Khatami, fewer and less experienced people are in charge of dealing with this sensitive dossier. One of the reasons for entering this unpleasant and critical phase is a lack of able advisors.” He also criticised the cloud of secrecy over the process of decision making on the nuclear issue. “Weren’t the people supposed to govern their own destiny?” he asked.
“Due to the current gap between the people and the state, the threat of outsiders and ill-wishers is more than ever before … an illegitimate and oppressive government at war with its people, cannot stand against foreign threats. Under such conditions, it must either concede to the outsiders or place the country on the verge of a devastating threat.”
Mousavi added that the present situation meant that it was “vital” to hold free and competitive elections and to ensure the freedom of the press and political prisoners and to attend to the needs of the post-election victims. “If our asset in dealing with the current situation is the nation, their votes and opinions must be respected and for any decision to be taken, its effects on the lives of employees, workers, teachers and impoverished sectors of society must be considered before anything.” Mousavi added that it was unfair for the country’s youth and poor to suffer as a result of the leaders’ despotic and adventurist decisions.
The war-time head of state also acknowledged that more than ever before, the Islamic Republic lacked “competent forces” among its ranks. He called for all the country’s managerial resources to be utilised as a way out of the crisis and criticised the removal of many capable managers from their positions. He expressed his dismay over the barring of former president Mohammad Khatami from travelling to Japan. “Does it not raise eyebrows when the country’s former president (with the respect he has on the international stage) is barred from taking advantage of an international platform for defending the people’s rights in the nuclear issue?”
With regards to the Revolutionary Guards’ expanding political and economic function in the country, Mousavi also pointed out the IRGC’s role in the post-election oppressions, arrests and interrogation of political prisoners as well as the Guards involvement in the financial sector with an “unbelievable size”. In addition, he called for the IRGC to return to its initial purpose which was to protect the country in the face of foreign threats and to create an environment suitable for economic development and fighting corruption. “Unfortunately, we will witness a decline in the reputation of the IRGC and a dwindling of popular support for the IRGC. It is foreseeable that with the current trend, the IRGC will defend its companies, shares as well as financial and monitory institutes instead of defending the people and the country.”
Mousavi also called for amendments to be made to the role of the IRGC and the Basij militia in light of the recent resolution and the sanctions against Iran. He also argued that the attacks by Basij militia against Green Movement leaders and the parliament served those behind the sanctions against the country.
In the end, Mousavi acknowledged that the reason for the sanctions against Iran was not aimed exclusively at the government. Recalling the CIA coup of 1953 that overthrew the democratically elected government of Mosaddegh and the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mousavi stated that certain elements within the Iranian government might favour further tension between Iran and foreign powers and might even encourage military action against Iran. “The Green Movement must use all of its international assets to show foreign powers that it will not allow them to take advantage of the current illegitimate government’s weaknesses and to harm the independence, territorial integrity and the country’s supreme interests.”
“Through the widespread information among different social sectors and the elite, the Green Movement will not allow the oppressors to escape accountability and responsibility and to increase the oppression and terrorising of [political] opponents by placing the country in a state of alert and welcoming military conflict or by giving in to disgraceful agreements over the most important national interests simply for the sake of ensuring their own short-term interests.”