Islamic Republic: The Ultimate Oxymoron

June 23, 2009 at 7:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

ox⋅y⋅mo⋅ron  [ok-si-mawr-on, -mohr-]
–noun, plural -mo⋅ra  [-mawr-uh, -mohr-uh]
1. a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly”.

A list of popular oxymorons would have to include such phrases as “military intelligence”, “boneless ribs”, “civil war”, and “current history”. Now, we can add “Islamic Republic” to that list of entertaining, self-contradictory terms.

By now, most of the world is aware of who holds the real power in Iran. It’s not the allegedly democratically elected leaders. It’s the one and only “Supreme Leader”, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i, who has held that exalted position for the last two decades. Grand Ayatollah Khomeini appointed Khamenei to the post of Tehran’s “Friday Prayer Leader” in the autumn of 1989, after the forced resignation of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri from the post. Montazeri was promptly fired when he criticised Khomeini for torture of prisoners. Khamenei is the puppeteer standing behind Ahmadinejad, and he is the authority who has unleashed the Basij and other militias on the Iranian people who have been protesting the farcical election that was just held in that country.

re⋅pub⋅lic  [ri-puhb-lik]
1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

Bottom line: You can’t be an Islamic state AND a republic. The two are mutally exclusive terms.


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