Even though Iran is subject to crippling international sanctions for its illicit nuclear program and viewed by the West as on a direct route to nuclear weaponry, the Islamic regime again is looking to legitimize itself in the international arena.
The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, consisting of Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria and other countries from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, the Far East and with observer countries such as China, started Sunday in Tehran and concludes Friday.
Regime officials have called this a victory in the face of its confrontation with the West.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government ordered the closure of all public institutions for the duration of the summit, and the Revolutionary Guards are in charge of security for the event.
According to Iranian news media, billions of dollars have been budgeted for the event, and citizens have been advised to leave town for the five days as a holiday. The opposition inside and outside Iran has called for the people not only to stay in town but to demonstrate in the streets in defiance of this regime.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will make his international debut at the Tehran summit, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, despite Western objections, will also give further legitimacy to the Islamic regime by attending.
All this is unfolding as thousands of Iranians are facing rape, torture and execution in prisons across Iran for doing nothing more than seeking justice and freedom.
The United Nations special rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed, has openly criticized the Islamic regime for its violations of human rights and has repeatedly asked to visit Iran to address the issue. The regime has labeled him a “Zionist agent” and denied him entry.
But Iran’s record on human rights is no secret. In the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the regime’s judiciary has ordered the killing of tens of thousands of Iranians on the charge of being “Mohareb,” an enemy of God, simply because they opposed the beliefs and actions of the regime in their desire to promote democracy.
The clerics even honored those who killed the most.
Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani, as the chief judge of the Revolutionary Courts, had ordered demonstrators killed and virgin girls raped prior to execution because Islamists believe virgins can go to heaven, so they wanted to deny them this reward, sources confirm.
Gilani called the torture and killing of male and female opponents of the regime fair and just – for no other reason than they had violated Islamic law as viewed by the mullahs. He was awarded the highest judicial honor for his 30 years of service to the Islamic republic, sources said.
Mohammad-Javad Larijani, head of the human rights council in Iran’s judiciary, publicly called execution, eye-gouging, cutting off of hands and feet and stoning “beautiful and necessary” under Islam.
Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi, a member of the Assembly of Experts (the body that chooses the supreme leader), in a meeting with Iranian officials, asked to implement the cutting off of hands with the same persistence of wanting to wipe Israel off the map, sources said.
Human Rights Watch warned that state hangings in Iran this year could reach more than 1,000. And Iran Human Rights Thursday warned of the possibility of a new wave of deaths in the coming weeks following reports that Iranian authorities are planning to execute many prisoners, including political prisoners and some convicted of espionage.
The actions by the regime ruling Iran have not been limited to the slaughter of its own citizens. It also has created the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad and through its proxies; bombed the Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland; collaborated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and supported the al-Assad regime in Syria and the destabilization of Bahrain and Yemen.
The Karzai government in Afghanistan recently blamed Iran and its intelligence operatives for the rise of attacks on NATO forces and the assassination of Afghan officials. Turkey’s government is investigating Iran’s involvement in a recent bombing that killed nine people near its border with Syria.
Regime officials from the supreme leader to the president to Guards commanders have in the past two weeks again called for the destruction of Israel while warning America that any action against Syria or Iran will come at its demise.
Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have failed and sanctions have only shown that the regime will not bend from its nuclear ambitions.
Now it has called the NAM summit a victory and has prepared billions of dollars of economic agreements to be presented to the NAM members in defiance of the sanctions.
Ahmadinejad also is planning to attend the U.N. General Assembly next month and again preach to the world how Islam will be victorious.
Reza Kahlili translated this Iranian video about Islamic prophecies of a coming messiah and the destruction of Israel:
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award-winning book, “A Time to Betray.” He is a senior fellow with EMPact America, a member of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security.