Secretary General Khatami
Well let's give the men the benefit
September 20, 2004
The news agency IRNA reported Friday that Iran plans
to propose President Mohammad Khatami as their candidate for secretary
general of the United Nations to succeed current Kofi Annan. The
issue was first raised during a political forum in China and it
has been said to be welcome by most of the Asian
officials at the
This Islamic Republic of Iran never seizes to amaze. Secretary
General Khatami! It does have a nice ring to it I suppose, and
Khatami would be a perfect fit- he's already accustomed to being
in positions where he really doesn't have any power.
Why would anyone in their right mind want Khatami as Secretary
General of the UN you ask? Well let's give the men the benefit
Let's see... This is a man who was popularly elected by a land
slide majority for his first presidency term. Khatami in turn repaid
his debt to his supporters by turning his back to his supporters
in their greatest time of need. Some of those youth who were supporting
him and his " reforms" are still in prison today, paying
their debt to society for peacefully protesting for more human
rights in Iran
This is a man who charmed the nation and, more importantly,
the world with his "Dialogue between Civilizations," yet
to this date has not held any substantial dialogue regarding the
surreal human rights situation in Iran. A dialogue amongst civilization
needs to be open and free for it to have any substantial value.
What's the point if the dialogue being undertaken does not address
the real issues that need to be addressed?
This is a man who to this date has refused to admit that the
reform movement has been a failure in that it was not be able,
nor from the beginning in a position, to bring about real change
in Iran. His hands where tied you say and what could he have done
in a system such as the Islamic Republic you ask?
Given the great
responsibility with which he was entrusted by the masses in Iran,
his allegiance should have been to them, not the Islamic Republic
of Iran and the statues quo. If his commitment really was to
the Iranian people then he would have surely resigned in the face
the injustices imposed upon his people.
So why didn't he resign? Could it be that he was in support of
the status-quo? Could it be that he was merely "chosen" only
weeks before the elections, before which he was virtually unknown,
to quench the thirst of change demanded by the restless people
of Iran? Whether these are truths or just this author's conspiracy
theory is up to the reader to determine!
Regardless of where you end up on the spectrum, Khatami as Secretary
General is still an amusing notion, yet the Islamic Republic could
have done one just a bit better- why not nominate Shirin Ebadi
while they at it.
Mohammad Kazerouni graduated from the University
California, Irvine (UCI) in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science.
He is currently a Candidate for J.D. at Chapman University School
in Orange, California. He is also a Founding
Member of the National Union For Democracy in Iran, www.nufdi.org.