The recent parliament election was boycotted by most of the reformist groups in Iran, and the results clearly showed that it was boycotted by most of the people of Iran as well. The actions of "Jebhe Mosharekat" (the Participation Front) as one of the most influential political parties and the one with the majority in the parliament is quite questionable.
There were two ideas before the elections:
1) "To vote, with the possibility of getting a portion of your rights!"
This was a quite useless task. It was very clear that the guardian council simply would disapprove and reject all or most of the so-called independent or reformist candidates that one would have voted for, as they do most of the time.
So the only choice would be to:
It seemed reasonable and the most popular outcome, despite "Jebhe Mosharekat" and some other reformist groups that failed in their approach and disappointed most of the people. They also did not introduce any strategy after boycotting elections. It seemed they wanted to just bring the attention of the world to the miserable political situation in Iran. Yes, of course newspapers love to write these stories to fill up their pages and after a while everybody forgets. The question is, should we really wait until other countries do something for us?
Do they really even care? Why reformist parties in Iran do not really show their programme and strategies if they have any? Why just sit in the parliament and do nothing for weeks? Don't we have the experience of years and years and don't we know that it really doesn't work? Having a lot of association parties and groups is very important but the most important point is how they collaborate. It doesn't matter whether they are religious or non-religious, the point is that they have the same goal which is freedom in Iran and the rule of law and democracy in a very established way, based on our culture, and gauged upon our needs and the human rights. It is really a massive work and we need to know the free parameters, to have the option to be able to change to another if one approach didn't work.
Does it really make sense that the Iranian associations outside the country write: "We are a non-political association," with the goal of helping the Iranian people? Your life, my life, and every Iranian life is connected with politics; your qualified friend can't get job, visa, grant; It's all because [and part] of the politics. Of course on the other hand the economic improvement should be supported as a parallel approach and other activities should be used to bring the communities closer.
Khatami and his followers' diplomacy has failed. Do you think now it is better to elect the bad rather than the worst or elect none at all? if the latter is correct so what should be the plan? It is a tough question but it better be answered once!