Khatami, Shame on You
The Nobel Peace Prize was given to Ms. Ebadi for her efforts against human rights violations under cleric regimes rules in the last 24 years. More interestingly, just before Ms. Ebadis arrival, Mr. Khatamis statements to the press confirm his (and other leaders in the regimes) genuine feelings. After being questioned on his reaction to the Nobel Committees decision, Khatami replied, the Nobel Peace Prize is not that important and I cant take a position on any unimportant event everyday. Later on, the Islamic Presidents Office ordered press and newspapers to correct his remarks on the Nobel Prize issue.
The point is that the concept of giving this highly prestigious award (contrary to Khatamis views) to Ms. Ebadi reveals the Islamic regimes records in human rights violations, tortures, executions, gender apartheid, and oppression of religious and ethnic minorities in the last 24 years. The issue is so clear that some of the regimes factions cannot create confusion. This prize was given to Ms. Ebadi not only because of her remarkable efforts on human rights and the rights of women and children in particular, but it is also a product of the movement of womens resistance against the controlling bullies of fundamentalist and fanatic groups that are, to this day, practicing their power in the name of Islam for more than two decades.
This prize is result of the peoples struggle and the real opposition groups hard work. This prize is the voice of all those people that lost their lives in mass murder events in 1982 and the summer of 1989. This prize should be praised and the symbol that it stands for should be supported. Ms. Ebadi will determine her historical role and responsible position more in the future with her actions and efforts with standing for implementing human rights in Iran. With their records on human rights violations, it is clear why Khatami and other Islamic leaders do not appreciate any Nobel Prize and its many repercussions.The Islamic leaders know that their practices will inevitably lie under magnify glasses. For Islamic leaders ruling in Iran, this is a case of quicksand in which the more they stir, the faster they will go under, a swamp that was, ironically, produced by the same Islamic fundamentalists that had initially demolished human rights in Iran.