The banality of evil: Shocking video of a man being lashed in Iran

by homylafayette

It is hard to put a face to the torturers and murderers that have filled our common psyche in the past months. What exactly does a human being who beats another to death look like? In what dingy outpost of civilization do these deeds occur? Are filthy, dark cellars the only province of deliberately inflicted pain?

But harder still is the jarring realization of what philosopher Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil, that great oppression is carried out by legions of functionaries who may pull a prisoners nails out with pliers, then go home and kiss their children goodnight. Normality in the name of a premise, an ideology, a religion.

Much as our sanity demands it, we cannot relegate evil to groups of fanatics operating in the stifling heat of a detention center, overcrowded and reeking of urine and feces and fear.

It can be seen in the jovial face of Hamid Rasai, Majlis representative from Tehran, as he compares Mir Hossein Mousavi with MKO leader Massoud Rajavi and says that anyone who stands in the way of the goals of the Islamic Revolution must be eliminated. And it can be heard in the words of former health minister, Kamran Lankarani, a poster boy for youthful idealism, as he claims that Mohsen Rouholamini died of meningitis, not because he was bludgeoned so severely in jail that his jaw had been shattered. Or in the fatherly figure of Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the supposedly moderate former head of the judiciary, as he pleads that he could have done no more than sign a watered-down moratorium on stonings after Jafar Kiani had been buried in a pit and stoned to death in Takistan. (more...)


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If I said it once

by Cost-of-Progress on

I said it a thousand times.

The true horror in all this is the fact that it is Iranians doing these to other Iranians.

Haala hey begin in islame haghigi neest - chera hast, khaylee ham hast. 


Put Iran First



by yolanda on

This article and video remind me of the caning incident in Malaysia. This Malaysian beer lady was supposed to be caned, but the Malaysian authority cancelled the procedure 'cause they said that they don't have the "experience and expertise" to carry out the caning.....I am glad that the beer lady is spared of the caning.......on the other hand, apparently IRI has too much experience at torturing their own people. It breaks my heart.

I hope the guy in the video has been healed phyisically, but I am not sure if it is possible. I have no idea what he did to deserve this. I think IC or a blogger posted this video before.