The only candidate that can again inspire Iranians with hope
is called a referendum
June 6, 2005
In the electoral travesty of 17 June 2005, there is one candidate
that dwarfs all others in credibility and stature. It enjoys the
backing of the Iranian nation’s best rational and intelligent
This candidate does not belong to any particular faction or
political persuasion. It is nominated by the silent cries of a
woman battered to death in the stark isolation of captivity. Looking
at photographs of Zahra Kazemi and her gentle smile we cannot
imagine her asking for revenge. No, that is not like her at all.
We can only imagine her tears coming down and moistening her smile
while she is calmly imploring: “Never, please never again.
Let it never happen again. Create an Iran that what happened to
me will never be allowed to happen to anyone else again.”
Furthermore, this only credible option in June’s election
is backed by the chocked voices of thousands of street children
who deserve a better life than the present cold helpless nights
and dark, pernicious days. They never were given the opportunity
to cast a vote for a system that cast them out into the wilderness
of poverty, crime, mendacity and prostitution.
The sole candidate worth its salt on the people’s judgment
day in June, will be backed by the Iranian youth, thousands of
whom every year leave their beloved homeland, their dear family
and friends not in search of Western debauchery and promiscuous
living, but in quest of a place where they and their children
can live in peace, dignity and security. They sacrifice what they
love most for those inalienable rights indispensable to the soul
and spirit of every human being.
The only credible candidate that stands untainted by this spring’s
presidential lottery is backed by millions of Iranian exiles who
are weary of being hyphenated Americans, British, French, Canadians,
Australians and so on. They and many of their offspring want to
go home. They want to have a chance of living in their ancestral
land before they die.
And they are not asking for much. They are
not demanding special treatment or any manner of opulent luxury.
They are not seeking high salaries or cushy jobs. They are not
asking for advantages above any other Iranian citizen. They are
only demanding what is taken for granted by every civilized man
and woman in this planet. They are asking for those fundamental
privileges without which life is not worth living. They are asking
for what urged Joseph Conrad’s Miss Haldin to declare: “I
would take liberty from any hand as a hungry man would snatch
a piece of bread.”
There is only one candidate in this spring’s presidential
election that can be truly supported by the aspirations of the
great majority of Iranian women. Women in Iran have been reduced
by the Islamic Revolution to sex objects and their lives ruled
and regulated by the worst susceptibilities of a depraved and
chauvinistic imagination. They want to be valued again for the
content of their character and not as hostages of a system, which
measures its morality by the length of the cover it manages to
impose upon their heads to diminish their dignity and visibility.
The only candidate that can again inspire Iranians with hope,
pave the way for the removal of dictatorship and turn over a new
page to an era of democracy, peace and stability is called a referendum.
By staying away from the polls in June’s presidential elections,
Iranians will be casting their silent vote for a free national
referendum to deliver their country from its present political
The call for a referendum is not anybody’s hobby horse
or pet project. It does not belong to the initiative of this or
that member of the opposition. It is the sacred right of the citizens
to choose the course of their political future. It is as it were
our collective smile towards a better future; a smile nurtured
by many silent tears in our nation’s darkest nights.