Iranian Intellectual And Dissident: 

The Iranian Regime Is As Bad As ISIS, Yet Western Leaders Ignore Its Crimes

On October 30, 2014, Iranian intellectual Mohammad Maleki, a former president of Tehran University and a critic of the Iranian regime, published an open letter to the people of Iran in the online daily In the letter, he wondered why U.S. and European leaders are shocked by ISIS’ beheadings yet ignore the brutal crimes that the Iranian regime has been committing ever since its establishment against its own people and the people of the region. Maleki argued that the Iranian regime, under its founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his successor Ali Khamenei – who are the Iranian equivalents of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – is the same as ISIS because it too executes people systematically and brutally violates the human rights of many prisoners. Maleki pointed to the mass killing of Iranian prisoners, especially of militants from the oppositionist Mojahedeen-e Khalq organization who were sentenced during the 1980s in disregard for their rights and subjected to physical and psychological torture. He claimed that the West even helped the Iranian regime by giving it a free hand in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s ouster and letting it act against Iranian oppositionists there, in collaboration with then-Iraqi president Nouri Al-Maliki, who is an Iranian lackey.
The 81-year-old Maleki, who lives in Iran, is a member of the anti-regime National-Religious Coalition of Iran and a columnist for the reformist daily Rooz. He served as Tehran University’s first president following the Islamic Revolution and spent five years in prison for opposing the purge of the universities conducted by Khomeini as part of his cultural revolution. In 2001, he was detained for half a year on a charge of anti-regime subversion, and in 2009 he was arrested after protesting electoral fraud in the presidential elections and was charged with insulting Khomeini and Khamenei. In January 2012 he was again arrested briefly for conducting anti-regime propaganda.
In November 2012, Maleki published a letter accusing Khamenei of suppressing society and systematically murdering his critics and opponents, and held him responsible for the regime’s massacre of thousands of its citizens. He called on him to step down before a popular uprising broke out against him, and thus to spare Iran the kind of bloodshed that Syria and Libya have experienced.

Below are the main points of his letter from October 2014:

 Mohammad Maleki (image:
“The whole world is currently talking about ISIS (the Islamic Caliphate) and its crimes. The talk and the articles about the acts of slaughter and other attacks perpetrated by these murderers against Muslims take me back 30-something years and remind me of events that happened in Evin [prison], Ghazal Hasar [prison] and other prisons in Iran under Khomeini’s and Khamenei’s rule.”

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