Mir Hossein Mousavi and the 1988 massacre of political prisoners

This is a cross-post from Observing Iran

The Telegraph has finally picked up on what Iranians have known for several decades now, that the so called “reformist” Mir Hossein Mousavi is nothing but an oppurtunist Islamist with a history of mass murder and racketeering.

The report (download here) focuses on Mousavi’s involvement in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, during which time he served as the Islamic Regime’s Prime Minister. The victims of this atrocity were mainly communists, leftists and members of the Mojahedin e Khalgh, groups which had first been involved in armed resistance against the Shah’s regime and then began attacking the Islamic Regime in the 1980s, succeeding in killing many high profile figures of the tyrannical regime.

Khomeini’s revenge against the prisoners was brutal, and the massacre included the execution of children and pregnant women. In his own words:

“It is naive to show mercy to those who wage war on God . . . I hope that with your revolutionary rage and rancor toward the enemies of Islam, you can satisfy the Almighty”

So as the author of the report, Geoffery Robertson QC goes on to say:

“They were hung from cranes, four at a time, or in groups of six from ropes hanging from the stage of the prison assembly hall,” the report states. “Their bodies were doused with disinfectant, packed in refrigerated trucks, and buried by night in mass graves.”

Under the Islamic Regime however, the people involved in such atrocities, far from not being held accountable for their crimes, live on and carry on working in the system, witness the promotion of Hojjatoleslam Mostafa Pourmohammadi (a member of the 1988 execution committee) to Cabinet Minister under Ahmadinejad. He is just one of many criminal perpetrators including Raisi, Mobasheri and Shushtari who all went on to get promotions within the Islamic junta, most interestingly Ayatollah Gilani who headed the Guardian Council of the time and went on to receive the Islamic Republic’s Medal of Justice last year from Ahmadinejad.

Mousavi has never actually repented for his involvement in these crimes, as he stated himself in 1988:

“[The prisoners] had plans to perpetrate killings and massacres,” he claimed. “We had to crush the conspiracy … in that respect we have no mercy.”

Funny then that last year in the run up to the Presidential “elections”, he hastility beat a retreat and when questioned by students about his role in these crimes he simply replied that:

“[his] branch of the executive had nothing to do with the “trials”.

Mr Robertson goes on to make an excellent point both inside the report and in an article he wrote in the Guardian:

“There is still time for the UN security council to enforce international law by setting up a court to try the perpetrators of the prison massacres. This may be a better way to deal with a theocracy whose behaviour in 1988 provides the best reason for concern over its future behaviour with nuclear weapons”.

This is the best way of dealing with murderers like Khamenei, Mousavi and Rafsanjani, not endless rounds of useless sanctions which the regime laughs at, or worse, attempts at diplomacy with this fascist regime.

The ex-Evin detainee Maziar Bahari was quoted as saying after his release that “The prisoner’s worst nightmare is the thought of being forgotten”. Bahari had an advantage in that he was a Western based high-profile journalist. Those killed in 1988 were by and large students and ordinary people. To ensure that their memories are preserved, we must not allow the Islamic Republic criminals to recast themselves as “pragmatists” or “reformists”, when in fact they are nothing but the terrorists and murderers of yesteryear.