Iran – Presidential Election 2013

June 21, 2013

By Padmini Arhant

Congratulations! To President-elect Hassan Rohani for recent victory in the 11th Presidential election and citizens of Iran contributing to peaceful electoral process.

Islamic Republic of Iran since Islamic Revolution in 1979 has been confronted with western imposed economic constraints and Israel’s hardline stratagem prevalent until today.

The people of this nation unfairly targeted similar to Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Cuba or any other country falling prey to western prejudicial sanctions with no valid reasons except for political determination to isolate states regarded as adversary.

Iranian citizens have demonstrated tremendous patience and resilience growing leaps and bounds despite United States and EU imposed economic, financial and media ban to stall growth.

Iran has various challenges in the economic front predominantly due to western authorized restrictions barring other nations from oil imports using regular trade channels and payments processing methods constricting flow of goods and services in the bilateral and multilateral level affecting regional and global economy.

The discriminatory and imprudent policy hurt energy dependent EU and U.S. economies in the course of debilitating Iran accused of involvement in non-civilian nuclear program which has been proved otherwise in the numerous investigations conducted by western agencies like IAEA and UN inspection.

Contrarily, those accusing Iran in this regard viz. Israel, United States and EU do not qualify to make allegations against the Islamic nation considering western powers alarming nuclear status and legacy in the use of WMD and nuclear arsenal.

Notwithstanding western fascination for unprovoked relentless wars in the Middle East and around the world continue to consume innocent lives and harm environment endangering planet in ecological balance.

United States and Israel covert nuclear activities as non-members of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and non-signatory to IAEA in the absence of any verifications and audit on nuclear warheads in possession including stockpiles held among NATO allies on their behalf combined with standard practice derailing nuclear disarmament talks pose imminent threat to humanity.

The false pretexts used by United States, Israel and EU to extend embargo ignoring grave humanitarian conditions in prohibiting life saving drugs and medical supplies into Iran has resulted in deaths of minors with children, pregnant mothers or anyone suffering from rare diseases denied access to these essential treatments not to mention the reckless actions depriving health care industry and affiliates from huge revenue potential that could benefit dire western economy.

Multiple EU sessions with Iran on nuclear issues and United States prolonging arbitrary sanctions to appease Israel is hypocritical and constitutes war crimes given the economic warfare waged by western alliance in utter disregard for international and humanitarian rule of law.

On the domestic political aspects – Iran’s governance premised on Islamic establishment and Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei of Supreme National Council oversight conforms to strong principles that are important in inspiring and energizing national spirit with emphasis on unity constantly threatened by external forces infiltration.

However, Iran’s democracy adapting to flexible system offering choices delineating statehood from religion would promote individual freedom to both majority and minority groups in society.

Secularism sharing humanitarian values with mutual respect for all would lead to better understanding and harmony.

Religions are avenues to explore simple to philosophical facts pertaining to life purpose. In addition, many seek solace and guidance in dealing with crises that are often resolved through spiritualism imparted wisdom and virtuosity.

Unfortunately, religion is instead used as an instrument in politics for ideological aspirations.

For instance, Zionism espousing greed and violence spares no religion in pursuit of global dominance.

Iran’s civilization in enriched with customs and traditions long cherished in the Persian land.

Progressiveness retaining cultural heritage while accommodating ideas for pervasive progress would sustain positive trend.

Pragmatism is best suited to blend ancient knowledge with modern concepts in appreciation for changing dynamics as part of the evolution again without compromising national identity.

Iran’s capability and dexterity for reforms revealed with the choice of reformist leader Dr. Hassan Rohani as the winner in the impressive voter turnout at 72.7 per cent in the latest election.

The incumbent administration under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exemplified in protecting national interests against foreign predator instincts with courage and perseverance.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leadership would be recognized for transforming obstacles into opportunity making the nation self-sufficient and productive in defiance of foreign incursion in the Persian Gulf besides United States and EU illegal claims to justify unjustifiable economic penalties against Iran.

Iran has prevailed in trials and tribulations in the past and on the path to more accomplishments in the present and future.

Islamic Revolution led by late leader Ayatollah Khomeini evidently laid foundation for national defense from foreign invasion and current leadership Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emulation of predecessor stimulates patriotism and confidence in nation building.

Wishing Islamic Republic of Iran citizens, the leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the President-elect Hassan Rohani ever lasting peace and success in all endeavors favoring mankind.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant