-- I’m thinking: Khatami should resign.
-- I read Behnoud’s latest article (in Persian). Once more I appreciate him giving hope to everyone and encouraging us to be patient… Should Khatami really resign?
-- Then I check the news (in Persian):
o Tehran’s District Attorney, Saeed Mortazavi, who is accused to be involved in Zahra Kazemi’s death, has been appointed to prosecute the perpetrators!
o The students who have been imprisoned recently are being tortured in most inhumane ways possible. Reminding us of medieval tortures, they are physically beaten, hot water is poured in their ears to keep them awake, they are threatened to be sexually harassed and they are even banned from drinking water.
-- Khatami should resign, I think.
I must admit that I was never in favor of Khatami’s resignation before, mainly because I was afraid of its consequences, specifically probable rebels and slaughters. I was always hoping that he would react more courageously and with our patience everything will be fixed step by step.
But now… It’s very hard for me to find any reason for his stay. Everyday when I read the news about arresting another journalist or student, I ask myself what we should do now. Maybe petitions help… Maybe the letter to Khatami (in Persian) will set our friends in Sharif University free, but what about the rest? What about these people who are being tortured? It’s somebody’s life for god’s sake. It’s the best period of their lives, their youths. How long should we wait?
I believe in what Behnoud mentions in his article. The most important result of Khatami’s presidency was that the players showed their hands. No more people are killed and tortured in the silence. Now everyone knows how they take advantage of the religion and no more anyone believes in their version of religion. So, I agree that Khatami’s era brought pretty important gifts for us, but now it seems he can not go any further. He, himself, said that the president does not have enough power to stay by his pledges and act upon the responsibilities stated in the constitutional law. The regime is obviously not willing to give him such kind of power.
Maybe his resignation would not fix anything in the first place, but at least I believe the regime’s legitimacy will be challenged by the world. Khatami has become an international personality, and he has gained much respect among intellectuals all over the world. I even remember one Canadian once told me that he envies us because our president is a great man and a real philosopher. I think he should use this kind of global publicity, if he does not have the local power to defend people’s right. He can make his appraisers see what’s really happening in Iran. If everything is stuck inside Iran, maybe we need a pressure from outside.
I believe this kind of public pressure is necessary to achieve our freedom. I always think about a comment Behnoud made in one of his articles (in Persian): “According to the history, the substantial changes that have happened in Iran during 20th century were never carried out by Iranian people solely, but were mainly influenced by foreign powers and their interference.” For me it confirms that people’s will is not always enough, we certainly need world’s attention and awareness.