George W. Bush labeled Iran part of the access of evil. Barack H. Obama wants to leave them with hundreds of centrifuges spinning like mad to purify uranium.
Ask yourself: who’s right?
SHE wrote it knowing she would soon be hanged for a crime she had always denied committing, but Reyhaneh Jabbari, a young Iranian accused of killing a man trying to rape her, expressed no bitterness in her last will and testament.
“I don’t want to rot in the soil,” she wrote, adding her last wish was for her organs to be donated, anonymously, to “someone who needs them”. She told Sholeh Pakravan, her mother, not to wear black: “I wish I could have hugged you until I died.”
A university-educated interior designer, Ms Jabbari, 26, was executed at dawn on Saturday, in spite of an international campaign for clemency by human rights groups as well as the UN and the US Department of State.
At least she was spared the indignity of being strung from a crane in the street under the horrified gaze of sobbing relatives, the usual method of execution in Iran, which dispatches more of its citizens each year than any country except China.
With his smiling visage and Twitter use, Iranian President Hasan Rowhani may suggest a softer touch — it was reported over the weekend that he had “tried” to get Ms Jabbari’s sentence commuted — but executions have risen since he took office last year.
According to official figures, the death sentence was carried out on 369 prisoners last year. Amnesty International estimates the figure is closer to 700; and according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 400 were executed in the first half of this year alone.
Two gay men were publicly hanged in August for consensual sodomy. Farzaneh Moradi, a young bride convicted of killing her husband, was hanged in March; and the country seems less tolerant than ever of even the mildest sins against orthodoxy.
Unveiled Iranians seen dancing in a YouTube video were subjected to a lashing. A British-Iranian woman was charged with “propaganda against the Iranian regime” for attending a male volleyball match.
Ms Pakravan, Jabbari’s mother, said she had been told on Tuesday that the execution was imminent and she would have to collect her daughter’s body from the prison.
“I cannot believe that these bitter and difficult hours are real,” she wrote on Facebook. “After seven years of pain and suffering, is this how my dear child comes to her end?”
Her daughter told her mother in her will that she did not want a grave “for you to come and mourn me there and suffer”. She added: “Please don’t cry. I love you.”
Yeah, I know it hurts. It’s supposed to. You should know this sort of evil exists in the world not only because you just should, but because such evil is well along the road to building an arsenal of nuclear weapons. They hang gays, they hang raped women, they hang women for the crime of being women.
The Iranian Revolution took place 35 years ago. Khomeini, Ahmadinejad, Rouhani—crimes committed across the globe, directly and by proxy, and we still haven’t figured out the Islamic Republic?
PS: I wondered what the feminists thought about this case, but NOW hasn’t addressed it. They haven’t mentioned Iran in three and a half years; only twice in the last five. Have a burka and a smile seems to be their motto.