Rouhani, State and Shari'a Must be Separated
آقای روحانی دولت و شریعت باید جدا شوند
Mr. Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran,
After the murder of Reyhaneh Jabbari yesterday by the state of Islamic Republic of iran there is no doubt anymore that her killer were not the Sarbandi's family but was rather the laws of Islamic Shari'a which prescribe Qesas to be legitimate and relay the decision to the victim's family, when both Judiciary and executive powers were reluctant to go ahead with the execution.
In the civilized world, even in countries that still uphold the capital punishment, never the decision of life and death of the killer is relegated to the family of the victim who are in mourning and feel revengeful. If someone without any intention kills your child, unless one is an extraordinary person, would want the destruction of the killer. This is why the Ancient tribal customs have not been present in the laws of civilized countries for centuries although religiouswise most of the people in these countries still believe in the old religions.
In the last few days, beside the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, acid throwing to the face of so-called "bad-hijab" girls was another catastrophe which was the result of introducing another Shari'a law to protect the thought police who think they are supposed to tell people what is good and what is a vice. In other words, the lack of separation of state and Islamic Shari'a is also responsible for the acid throwing attacks.
After the events of the last couple of days, the negotiations with the US to end the international sanctions will not get anywhere, because the lack of trust has reached a point as if the West is facing another Daesh in Iran, which has its victims, not the Yazidis, but the women of Iran. And this way, the lack of separation of state and Shari'a will intensify the international sanctions that will increase the economic crisis in Iran and thus Islamic Republic will no longer be facing the innocent high school girls who have a bit of their hair out of their head scarf but will be facing the strikes of the lower classes of society. The only winner of the failure of the negotiations will be those who own a large amount of US dollars hidden as the dollar's value relative to Iranian toman will be going up.
Before the anniversary of your election to the presidency, the situation of Iran was accurately explained (1). Unfortunately all the facts noted in the review have gotten worse today, not better.
It is time that state and Islamic Shari'a to get separated in Iran. One might ask whether this would mean the end of Islamic Republic? What has been as the achievements of republicanism during the last 30 and some years will not be lost and actually will be strengthened, especially what the Iranian people fought for since 2nd of Khordad. But the mixing of state and Shari'a will be ended. This does not necessaruly mean bloodshed. Russia and Eastern Bloc countries ended the Communist state without bloodshed and actually individuals like Gorbachev and Yeltsin who were high level officials of the Communist Party were instrumental to make this happen, and prevented a bloody revolution. I hope Iran can also avoid a bloodshed during its change.
Nine years ago, meaning three years before the Green Movement, this approach to change was discussed but unfortunately Messrs. Mousavi and Karroubi did not pay any attention to it, that all political forces of Iran need to participate in the change for Iran's future whether those who share in power today, or those who are outside the power structure, and it is necessary that all work together before a blind bloody uprising burns the whole Iran in its flames (2).
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
October 26, 2014