Let me first say that asking people to boycott elections can
be a meaningful tactic for an organization that has a
plan for an alternative to the Islamic Republic. For example MojAhedin
think they are the alternative to IRI for
All others I think are kind of naïve to go for this boycott slogan. Because when one has not created an organization, which can even in words be an alternative to IRI, asking people to boycott, simply means to ignore IRI reality and sit at home and have your tea. It will not be an active boycott. Such proponents may think it will show the world that IRI does not have voter turnout. OK, then what?
In the absence of an organization with an alternative, this is not worth anything and it only weakens the people’s choice more. I do not see much value in boycott, when the proponents have not even been able to create a minimum organization asking for abolition of religious apartheid and for establishing a democratic and future_oriented republic.
I also think the ones who blame Iranian people for voting
for the “reformists” of sixth parliament or for the “reformist” Khatami in presidential elections are mistaken. I think the Iranian people have done the best
in absence of an opposition leadership.
At least they have tried to block the full dictatorship in
The opposition has not showed any leadership and has not
created any organization to criticize people for not supporting it. If not in
Also asking for situation to get worse is like asking people
I think there is not really much more than what people already know that one can tell people of Iran, when it comes to this election and parliament. In fact, Iranian people were so successful in their initiative that this time even Khameni and most of the religious right is also going for the people’s choice of last election, namely Khatami.
Iranian people hate the religious apartheid and would love
to see a state that is democratic and
And this is what one expects of the ones who talk about what Iranians should do in this election. In fact, the moment one talks about what people should do in the election, one is seeing a leadership role for oneself and one is not just speaking about what s/he will do on June 8th.
What people expect from intellectuals and opposition is to
come up with an alternative political program and an alternative political
party that can strive for a referendum to abolish the religious apartheid
Sam Ghandchi, Publisher
* The above article was first
posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup