Via Michael Ledeen at the NRO Corner we found a link to an Iranian writer who explains what the mullahs are about. Here’s his indictment of the regime on its horrific domestic record:

Domestically

* You do not represent the Iranian people. You are a usurper of power. You are guilty of transforming a noble nation into a world pariah.

* You are denying and violating a long-suffering people all its human rights.

* You are guilty of beating, imprisoning and torturing a few dozen women who braved participating in a peaceful demonstration pleading for equal family rights, on the recent International Day of Women.

* You systematically beat, imprison, and torture all manners of citizens, from school teachers to students to union workers, for daring to raise their voices against the plight to which you have subjected them.

* You savagely beat and haul to your dungeons of torture and death over a thousand of the tens of thousands of teachers who had recently gathered in front of the parliament requesting nothing more than their back pay and living wages.

* You direct systematic genocidal measures against all non-Shia religious minorities, with Baha’is as prime target.

* You arrest some Christians, even your Quran calls “People of the Book,” for observing Christmas.

* You implement barbaric practices of stoning, hanging and amputations for those who are convicted of crimes in your kangaroo courts without due process. You even imprison those few lawyers who rise in the defense of the innocent.

* You plunder, mismanage and dole out Iran’s national wealth with the result that the great majority of the people are living in poverty. Iranian women are forced into prostitution to survive or simply sold as sex slaves in Persian Gulf states.

* Your fascist misrule of nearly three decades has driven millions of Iran’s best children to four corners of the world. Hundreds of thousands of educated Iranians are compelled to continue the exodus, depriving Iran of the sorely-needed talents at home.

* You spend a fortune on the nuclear program that you claim is only aimed for peaceful purposes, while turning Iran into little more than a gas station nation, with its precious oil wealth squandered and its facilities on the verge of collapse through neglect.

* You have created a suffocating social atmosphere that has driven masses of the people to the use of hard drugs as a way of numbing their pain.

Heck, even George Bush hasn’t been that bad, huh? As always, go read the whole piece.

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