Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Presidential hopefuls must rein in supporters’ excesses - No More immoral election campaign carnivals

Description of Selected News: "Presidential hopefuls must rein in supporters’ excesses

By Parviz Esmaeili
A few days have passed since the Iranian nation’s fascinating manifestation of their loyalty to the Islamic Revolution and system, and just two days remain until the people’s ‘massive turnout’ for the second round of the presidential election.

However, the enemies of the Islamic Republic are seeking to create an unclear, immoral atmosphere in order to make the people discouraged about the country’s future and thus to make the sweet taste of the people’s approval of the election turn bitter.

Despite what was promised, the election results were announced quite late, and the announcement of the results for the most populous regions was postponed to the 90th minute, such that during the last minutes, the positions of the second and third place candidates, who are both honorable politicians, was reversed.

Afterwards, upset by the changes announced in the election results, the supporters of one of the honorable candidates, Mahdi Karrubi, held a news conference attended by both domestic and foreign media in which some remarks attributed to him were quoted. One of the issues discussed at the press conference was the fairness of the election as well as the interference of some governmental organizations and there were also allegations that the Guardian Council favored one of the candidates. A claim that was incompatible with the confidence of both President Mohammad Khatami and Interior Minister Abdullah Musavi Lari in the fairness and legality of presidential elections. Even, the two top candidates, Expediency Council Chairman Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad, believed that they received more votes, which is quite natural in an election atmosphere.

So, some foreign and domestic media decided to question the fairness of the presidential election, on the one hand to hide the embarrassment of the enemies of the Islamic Republic over the people’s massive turnout in the first round of the election, and on the other hand to make the current pleasant electoral atmosphere ambiguous, with character assassination employed against candidates.

Hasty announcements, resignations from government posts and deep-rooted political parties, like the Assembly of Combatant Clerics, laid the ground for the enemies of the Islamic Republic to take of the situation.

Although mistakes in the electoral process are understandable, which should be followed up through legal means, one would expect more patience on the part of an honorable political figure like Mahdi Karrubi, who was a distinguished comrade of the architect of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, and the trustworthy companion of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

So, each of the current presidential candidates should warn their supporters to refrain from character assassination and also from taking any measure that is against Islamic morality. Both of the finalists should know that the people believes that any candidate who remains silent about such unfair measures is either a demagogue or incapable of reining in his supporters and preventing them from exceeding the limits. In both cases such a candidate would not be a suitable president.

Character assassination clearly has two sharp edges that can cut our own roots. Those who have initiated immoral election campaign carnivals in different parts of the country, ostensibly in support of a specific candidate, should now stand accountable for turning the religious people away from a revolutionary figure, who is quite unique both in the history of Iran and the Islamic Revolution. The others, using their own reactionary ideas, who have tried to depict one of the sincere officials of the country as a symbol of rigidity and inflexibility, must stand accountable to both their own sense of morality and the more liberal part of the society, including the youth and women.

In the end, remembering the sacrifices of the late Imam Khomeini, the values of the precious blood spilled by the martyrs in our revolution and the Sacred Defense, the heroic resistance of Iranians, and finally the concerns of our cultured Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, we are awaiting June 24 to recall May 24, 1982 (the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr from Iraqi occupation)."