So Much for Change in Iran

This story is about the regime in Iran, a theocracy known to portend evil and ruled by ultraconservative “religious” clerics, resorts to a nefarious and excess interpretation of an article in sharia law known as qisas, defined as “retribution in kind” or “an eye for an eye.” The mullahs have increasingly oriented their own elucidation of Islam to legitimize domestic crackdown.

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1. Horrific sentencing

A man in Iran has been sentenced by the Supreme Court to literally have an eye gouged out after unintentionally blinding another man in an incidental street fight, reports indicate. The 28-year-old man, only identified by his first name of Saman, has been convicted based on strict retribution laws imposed in Iran by the ruling mullahs. Saman was 23 and the blinded victim was 25 at the time of incident. This is a chilling reminder for anyone cheer-leading about “change as we speak” in Iran after last year’s nuclear accord and February’s “elections.” Unfortunately, the notion of Iran’s mullahs undergoing change is simply a mirage, and this case should serve as a wake-up call for policymakers in the West, especially the United States. Saman pleaded he had unintentionally blinded the man using a metal rod, according to Iran Human Rights, an NGO based in Norway. There are no reports indicating the exact date scheduled for this horrific sentencing. The regime in Iran, a theocracy known to portend evil and ruled by ultraconservative “religious” clerics, resorts to a nefarious and excess interpretation of an article in sharia law known as qisas, defined as “retribution in kind” or “an eye for an eye.” The mullahs have increasingly oriented their own elucidation of Islam to legitimize domestic crackdown. Last year a man in the city of Qom, central Iran, was convicted of splashing acid on another man, forever blinding him and disfiguring his face. This individual was punished and one of his eyes was ultimately gouged out. To add insult to injury, he was also ordered to deposit a fine and sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Horrific means of punitive action have become rampant in Iran. A Christian man was sentenced by a so-called judge to have his lips burnt off with a cigarette. His “crime” was eating food during fasting hours of Islam’s sacred month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn till dusk. Authorities in Mashhad Central Prison in northwest Iran amputated four fingers of the right hands of two men convicted for robbery, according to Amnesty International. No anesthetics were used. This occurred in June 2015, during the tenure of the “moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The case before us is a country where the pro-rapprochement policy camp in the West is promoting increasing engagement and outreach efforts vis-à-vis a regime with a legacy of atrocious human rights violations. This is cloaked by Rouhani’s devilish grins, despite registering a report card of over 2,300 executions in a mere 2½ years. Floggings, public beatings and amputations have increased under his watch. Any and all efforts to bring about change for the better good of the Iranian people is always welcomed. However, expecting any such change to render from inside the regime in Iran is simply naïve. Considering the mullahs’ 37-year history of gruesome human rights violations, such an expectation can no longer be considered an honest faux pas. Following the nuclear agreement brokered to curb and defuse Iran’s nuclear weapons drive, it is high time for the next step forward by proactively demanding tangible human rights reforms amenable in the 21st century.
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