Fascism, this time a religious one
There are many different interpretations of the Iranian regime. Some
believe that the power in hands of the Mullahs is just another model of
dictatorship in the shape of cleric rules. Some think that they are just
another version of a theocracy like the Taliban in
The Islamic regime in
This regime is different from a theocracy like the Taliban in
The religious fascism in
In terms of suppressing the society, religious fascism is much more challenging than a classic fascist regime. If, for example, a Nazi would execute dissidents and create a holocaust, religious fascists eliminate virtually everyone who is on their way. A clerics blade does not slash only a Bahais throat but purges Shia, Christians, Jews, Kurds, Arabs, and Balouch. There are no exceptions and no insiders. If the classic type of fascism spies on people at work place, universities, or other public places, religious fascism makes school kids spy to report on their parents bedrooms to the authorities.
The similarity of both types of fascism is the reliance on intimidation
and the conquering other countries. Both types are after nuclear weapons
to gain an upper hand for their future wars. But religious fascism does
not repeat the Nazi regimes mistake. Unlike under Hitler, this regime
will not commence their expansion of Islamic fundamentalism to other countries
before accessing to atomic bomb. The atomic bomb is a vital element and
a must have for religious fascism in
Dangers and catastrophes that this regime in
What needs to be done?
After analyzing the actual nature of the Iranian regime, the question
arises: what needs to be done? It is vital to recognize its
true nature because Iranian opposition groups are misled into taking the
wrong steps if they see only the surface and not the systematic religious
fascism in power. It is easy to make a mistake and provide the wrong response
by opposition forces. If this regime was a normal dictatorship or regular
type of religious fundamentalism government like the Taliban, perhaps
the opposition groups struggle would have lead to a regime change
or at least some reforms in
Another problem that might interfere with the answer to the question of what needs to be done is utilizing the older method of recognizing the true nature of this regime. Opposition groups that seem to know its true nature behave so unrealistically, in action, that it is as if they were ignoring the persons whom they were confronting. Also, the right answer cannot necessarily be foreseen for the right problem. The right solution needs the right approach after careful analysis and deliberation.
Now, in order to find a solution, one needs to assume some facts in advance. To answer the question of what needs to be done, the assumption of dealing with a religious fascism is already accepted. Not being on the same page with this issue will not take us anywhere. If one believes that naming the Iranian regime as a fascistic type of authority is an exaggeration, there is a huge disparity in views that should be resolved in order to find the right answer to the question. For example, one of the facts in our discussion is: if we are facing a religious fascism, then the regimes goal is unquestionably that of possessing the atomic bomb through uranium enrichment. Here, the result, which is reaching the capacity of having nuclear weaponry, is not concluded by other arguments such as having the nuclear project kept secret by the regime, or finding the higher percentage of enrichment on centrifuge equipments by IAEA, or contradictions and confessions of senior leaders about the issue. These kinds of arguments are for those who still have doubts about Iranian regime intention in their nuclear venture. But, here, the fact is simple: if the nature of the Iranian regime is a religious fascism, therefore, the clerics will attempt to acquire the atomic bomb in order to extend their Islamic fundamentalism throughout the region and perhaps the rest of the world, by employing their nuclear power. So, with this premises, I offer my answer to the question of what needs to be done.
The anti-religious fascism front
One issue that has been proven the hard way in the past is that it is
impossible to confront religious fascism on an individual basis and without
assistance. History has shown that until all of the anti Nazi forces were
gathered in a coordinated front, they could not defeat the fascists. On
the contrary, this delay in collaboration among anti-Hitler force, gave
Nazis the chance to make such catastrophic events that registered in history.
It is erroneous if an organization, a party, or a group believes that
it alone can confront religious fascism. This is also true for foreign
countries that presume that without any Iranian opposition there can still
be a solution to these problems. Its not coincidental that most
of the opposition groups were launched due to the necessity of cooperation
and coalition in their efforts in confronting this regime. It is good,
but not good enough. Even full cooperation among Iranian opposition groups,
which is the first step that has not been taken thus far, is not enough.
Since the religious fascism will not be limited to inside
The characteristic of an anti-religious fascism front
One of the most prominent characteristics of an anti-religious fascism
front is the lack of limitation in which maximum expansion is possible.
There should be no restraint on anyone or any group, Iranian or international,
that opposes religious fascism for any reason. For the Iranian opposition
groups, the issue of an alternative government should be deferred until
after the collapse of the current regime. Any issue other than how to
overthrow the current regime of
It is impossible to desire the expulsion of the Iranian regime and take
no position or a soft position on the current issue of Iranian nuclear
stand off with the west. If we are on the side that wants the regime to
stop its uranium enrichment, there is no middle position. These positions
give a mixed message to the Iranian people and strengthen the regimes
argument that uranium enrichment is, in fact, in
Anti- religious fascism front position on religion and Islam
Since Islam is the main tool for religious fascism to spread in Islamic societies, it is very important to see how an anti-religious fascism front takes its position on religion and Islam in particular. The position should be neither anti religion, nor religious. Secularism is the best stand. Assuming that the majority of people in Iran are Muslim, and at the same time, are against the regime, we can assume that much of the population has reached this conclusion: that although the majority of the people still believe in Islam, the interference of religion with government policies are dangerous. There is no official consensus or scientific statistics through ballet or real election, but the rough consensus in totalitarian societies is measured by the quantity and intensity of public protests by the people, the level and intensity of suppression by the regime, and the number of political prisoners and those who are executed for their beliefs. So far, this regime rejects all calls by opposition forces to hold a free election under the supervision of the United Nations.
In the case of participating religious groups that oppose the Iranian regime in the front (no matter how large or popular they are), there should be no sign of religious campaign in order to contest with the regime to win Muslim attention. These messages imply confusion within the front and, therefore, confuse people. On the other hand, any anti- Islam misinformation only gives fuel to the religious fascisms propaganda machine to alarm its believers. Those who think that they are fighting the Islamic Republic by insulting the prophet and the Shias Imams are, in fact, only serving religious fascism.
The Islamic Republic as a religious fascism regime is an immediate threat
to the Iranian people,
Green Party of