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posted September 02, 2003 17:30     Click Here to See the Profile for AMERICAN   Click Here to Email AMERICAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2003 14:09:49

It is a well known fact that the regime in Iran resorts to the use of terror against it's own people in order to control their lives .

For that We The People Of The United States express our sympathy .

It isn't the U.S. government who is responsible for the tyranny that is dominating the people of Iran .

We have always been friends with the Iranian People .

The thugs who believe that freedom and liberty is something only they can enjoy are our enemy .

Because we believe that each individual person has certain unalienable rights that has been bestowed to us by God Almighty ; we are their enemy because they believe that the authority to decide that has been delegated to them . They believe they are the only ones worthy of human rights.

The same despicable acts of terror that have been thrust at the people of Iran for years are now being thrust at the rest of the world .

Similar to vigilantes being sent out to kill your relatives because you don't comply with the wishes of the corrupt thugs in power, terrorist are sent out to murder people in their sleep in order to keep us from helping you .

Freedom is a curse to them .

It is our way of life .

The thugs who tell you who can and can not run for political office , are the same thugs who provide sanctuary to the international criminals who murder our relatives .

For the sake of all that is civilized we have decided to confront them at all cost .

In order to be as effective as possible liaisons must be established .

Collaboration and coordination are vital elements that will be needed to ensure the immediate collapse of the despotic regime .

All opposition groups ; and there are many ; need to join under a single banner .

To facilitate this please contact us .

We will help coordinate the effort .

We are in the neighborhood .


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posted September 10, 2003 12:45     Click Here to See the Profile for AKosha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WPI Condemns the Crimes of Terrorism

Against the People of the United States

Today's terrorist attack against the people of the United States has shocked the world. In an appalling act of inhumanity, terrorists hijacked four airliners to use them along with their passengers as bombs and missiles against their targets. Two huge skyscrapers in the centre of New York City were turned into rubble. Tens of thousands of people were murdered and injured.

It is an immense tragedy. This is an absolute genocide. The Worker-communist Party of Iran condemns this crime against humanity. We express our deepest sympathies with all the victims of this catastrophe.

More than ever, terrorism has become a stable mainstay in the confrontations between reactionary states and movements in the world today. They are making us accustomed to such scenes. Everyday, crimes by state and non-state terrorists, by NATO, Israel, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan and by various groups of the abhorrent Islamic movement are headline news. The U.S. tragedy shows that mass murder on such a vast scale is no longer a prerogative of states but is, in our era, also within the reach of any sect or small fanatical group. The U.S. tragedy is another step in the escalation of this terrorist contest. We must stop this trend.

The WPI calls on the whole of humanity, the progressive and freedom loving people of the world, to wage an independent struggle against all forms of state and non-state terrorism.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran

September 11, 2001 http://wpibriefing.com

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posted September 10, 2003 12:48     Click Here to See the Profile for AKosha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Rise and Fall of Political Islam
A Discussion with Mansoor Hekmat

Porsesh: What is your interpretation of concepts such as Islamic fundamentalism and political Islam? What is the difference between the two?

Mansoor Hekmat: I do not use the expression Islamic fundamentalism because I believe it is a calculated Right wing interpretation, which deliberately presents a misleading image of contemporary Islam and Islamic movements. What is real is the emergence of political Islam. In my opinion, political Islam is a contemporary reactionary movement; which has no relation, other than in form, to the late 19th and early 20th century Islamic movements. As for its social content and socio-political and economic objectives, this new movement is completely rooted in contemporary society. It is not a repeat of the same old phenomenon. It is the result of a defeated - or better put - aborted project of Western modernisation in Moslem-inhabited Middle Eastern countries from the late 60s and early 70s as well as a decline in the secular-nationalist movement, which was the main agent of this economic, administrative and cultural modernisation. The ideological and governmental crisis in the region heightened. With this political-ideological vacuum and the local bourgeoisie’s confusion, the Islamic movement came to the fore as a Right-wing alternative for the reorganisation of bourgeois rule to confront the Left and the working class, which had emerged with the rise of capitalism. Even so, without the 1978-79 developments in Iran, these movements would still not have had a chance and would have remained marginal. It was in Iran that this movement organised itself as a state and turned political Islam into a considerable force in the region.

In my opinion, political Islam is a general title referring to the movement which sees Islam as the main vehicle for a Right wing restructuring of the ruling class and creating a anti-Left state in these societies. As such, it confronts and competes with other poles within the capitalist world, especially hegemonic blocs, over its share of power and influence in the world capitalist order. This political Islam does not necessarily have any given or defined Islamic jurisprudent and scholastic content. It is not necessarily fundamentalist and doctrinaire. This political Islam encompasses a varied and wide range of forces- from the political and ideological flexibility and pragmatism of Khomeini, to the rigid circles in the Right faction of the Iranian government; from the `soft` and Western-looking Freedom Movement of Mehdi Bazargan and Nabih Berry’s Amal, to the Taliban; from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to the ‘Islamic Protestantism’ of the likes of Soorosh and Eshkevari in Iran.

Western powers, the media and their academic world have put forth the notion of fundamentalism in order to separate the terrorist and anti-Western veins of this Islamic movement from its pro-Western and conciliatory branches. They call the anti-Western sections fundamentalist and they attack fundamentalism so they can maintain political Islam as a whole, which for the moment is an irreplaceable foundation of anti-Socialist and Right wing rule in the region. The anti-Western currents, however, are not necessarily the fanatic and rigid factions of this movement. The most fundamentalist sections of the Islamic camp such as the Taliban and Saudi Arabia are the closest friends of the West.

Porsesh: To what extent is the gaining of power by Islamists a sign of religious regression? Is this religious regression in these societies, a return to religious values and beliefs in personal and social life?

Mansoor Hekmat: I think that this not rooted in a revival of Islam as an ideological system. This is not ideological Islam, rather it is political Islam based on specific political equations. Clearly, with the rise of the power of political Islam, pressure to revive religious appearances in society intensifies. This, however, is a political pressure. The people sometimes yield to these pressures. This Islamic ‘renaissance’ is backed by violence and terror, which takes one form in Algeria and another in Iran. In Iran, quite the reverse, the reality is that the rise of political Islam and religious rule has caused a staggering anti-Islamic backlash, in both ideological and personal spheres. The emergence of political Islam in Iran has become the prelude to an anti-Islamic and anti-religious cultural revolution in people’s minds, particularly the amongst the young generation, which will stun the world with an immense explosion and will proclaim of the practical end of political Islam in the whole of Middle East.

Porsesh: In this roundtable discussion, Arvand Abrahimian says that the fall of the Islamic Republic will not be the last nail in the coffin of the Islamic movement, because other trends, particularly non-Shiites, could disassociate themselves from this defeat. Do you agree with this analysis?

Mansoor Hekmat: In my opinion, the Islamic movement in the Middle East and internationally will run out of breath with the fall of the Islamic regime in Iran. The question is not that Islamic Iran will be a defeated model, which others can disassociate themselves from. The Islamic Republic’s defeat will arise within the context of an immense mass secularist uprising in Iran, which will touch the foundations of reactionary Islamic thought and not only discredit but condemn it in world opinion. The defeat of the Islamic regime will be comparable to the fall of Nazi Germany. No fascist can easily hold on to their position by merely distancing themselves organisationally and ideologically from this fallen pole. The entire movement will face decades of stagnation. The defeat of political Islam in Iran is an anti-Islamist victory, which will not end within the confines of Iran.

Porsesh: You do not accept descriptions of countries like Iran as ‘Islamic’ countries.’ Why not?

Mansoor Hekmat: Any classification and labelling has a purpose behind it. Islam has been around in Iran for one thousand four hundred years and has obviously left its mark on certain things. But this is only one element in portraying this society – the same way that oppression, monarchy, police state, industrial backwardness, ethnicity, language, script, political history, pre-Islamic way of life, people’s physical characteristics, international relations, geography and weather, diet, size of country, population concentration, economic relations, level of urbanisation, architecture, etc. are. All of these express real characteristics of the society. Now if out of the hundreds of factors that create differences between Iran and Pakistan, France and Japan, someone insists on pointing to the presence of Islam in some aspects of life in this society and brands all of us with this label - from anti-religious individuals like Dashty, Hedayat and you and I to the great majority who do not see themselves as believers and are not concerned about Islam and the clergy - then they must have a specific agenda. Iran is not an Islamic society; the government is Islamic. Islam is an imposed phenomenon in Iran, not only today but also during the monarchy, and has remained in power by oppression and murder. Iran is not an Islamic society. They have tried to make it Islamic by force for twenty years and failed. Calling the Iranian society Islamic is part of the reactionary crusade to make it Islamic.

Porsesh: Do you see political Islam as a durable force in the political structure of Middle Eastern and North African Moslem-inhabited countries?

Mansoor Hekmat: Durability is a relative concept. Eventually there will come a time when the region will completely repel Islam and turn it into an antiquated phenomenon. Though it will still exist for people to watch, research, and even follow, it will in practice not play any part in people’s lives. When this time will come, however, entirely depends on political trends in these countries and specifically the struggle for socialism and freedom. It is possible that still more generations will be forced to endure this Islam; and most definitely, some ‘scholars’ will see Islam as eternal. But there is nothing eternal and structural in the Middle East’s Islamism. Progressive movements can close Islamism’s chapter. The time to rid Iran of Islam can arrive very soon. In my opinion, the Islamic Republic and with it political Islam is in the process of being eradicated in Iran. If the political pressure of Islam and Islamism is eliminated, then the shallowness and emptiness of what is called the cultural dominance of Islam in a society like Iran will quickly become obvious. From being the stronghold of political Islam, within a few years, Iran will be the centre of and a leader in the fight against it.

In my opinion, terrorism is one of the forms in which political Islam will continue to exist in the region. The fight against Islamic terrorism will continue in the region after the victory of humanity over Islam for a few years. Sweeping away Islamic terror groups will require more time.

The above is the first part of a translated summary from Persian. It was first published in Porsesh, A Quarterly Journal of Politics, Society and Culture, Number 3, Winter 2001. Others participating in the round table were” Olivier Roy, Graham Fuller, Ervand Abrahamian and Ian Lesser.

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