Shirin Ebadi: Voice of Democracy or Voice of Mullacracy?
biggest surprise of 2003 was when an Iranian human rights activist, Shirin
Ebadi, became the first Iranian ever to win a Noble prize. Yet, the
Nobel committee referred to her as the first Muslim woman,
completely denying her nationality. That angered Iranian nationalists.
Iranians have suffered enough cultural destruction from Islam, but now
even the Nobel committee was denying Iranian nationality, and promoting
story of SHIRIN EBADI, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate was something
for Iranians to be proud of. It began as a lyrical poem, evolving
into the contemplative, national epic. It meant wonderful things to
Iranians across the world. In the ancient tradition of historical
epics, the story’s elements all perfectly matched the image of the
inspirational melody. It was an incantation of nationality,
conjuring up the soul of freedom loving Iranians everywhere.
Iranians, who had been brutalized, imprisoned and tortured by the ruthless
and merciless agents of the Islamic Republic, found reason to rejoice.
They thought Ms. Ebadi would now become their voice to the outside world.
Her sudden international recognition gave them great hope for a bright
future. They had reason to be happy and proud, but little did they
Ms. Ebadi, instead
of becoming the voice of the voiceless and using her Noble status to speak
about the atrocities of the Islamic Republic against the innocent people
of Iran, she used her platform to speak against the war on terror, and to
criticize the United States! She said the September 11 attacks
had served to justify Islam’s violation international law and
She condemned the
for its treatment of its detainees at
. She attacked President Bush’s attempt to liberate the Iraqi people.
for defending itself against the wrath of the Palestinian suicide bombers.
She made a 180 degree reversal of her human rights agenda to appease the
Ms. Ebadi, in her moment of glory, chose to betray the very causes she was
honored for supposedly supporting. What perfidy. President
Bush, for five consecutive years, has adamantly supported the Iranian
people in his state of the union addresses, yet our Noble Peace Prize
Laureate has chosen to use her platform to join the chorus of
bashers. The Ayatollahs must be very pleased with Ms. Ebadi’s
performance as they continue the reign of terror in
—with the blessing of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Islamic militants issues decrees (Fatwa) against the civilized world, Ms.
Ebadi spends her $1.2 million Peace Prize to promote the Islamic
‘democracy.’ Ms. Ebadi, speaking in
, denied that Islam needs reformation or modernization. Instead, she said,
the West needs to understand Islam. We quickly inform Ms. Ebadi that not
only does the West understand Islam, but so do the Iranian people who are
being held hostage in their own country. We reject Islam as a
form of government!
herself has been betrayed by Islam. Under the former, secular
regime, she was a courtroom judge in
. But the Islamic regime removed her from that office, since Islam
says that a woman’s brain is worth half of that of a man (Qur’an,
2:282.) Yet, she continues to promote Islam, even though that same Islam
has denied her rights as a human being. She obviously fears the
we blame the Noble Committee, which also bestowed Noble Peace Prizes upon
the former US president Jimmy Carter (who is responsible for the creation
of an Islamic state in Iran) and former Palestinian terrorist, Yaser
Arafat, (who is responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks against
civilian people as well)? If anything, this action should alert us all of
the true nature of the Noble Prize Committee.
Ms. Ebadi is spending some time in the
and speaking in Persian (with English translation provided) about the
publication of her new book, Iran Awakening: A Memoir of
Revolution and Hope. She is also expected to appear on the Oprah
Winfery show, which most Iranians protest. Iranians feel totally betrayed
by Ms. Ebadi and they wish to convey this message to Ms. Winfery before
Ms. Ebadi appears as a guest on her show.
the end one must ask oneself whether Ms. Ebadi is truly what the Noble
Committee believed her to be, a champion of human rights, or is she simply
a spokesperson for the most vicious, tyrannical, oppressive and barbaric
system known to the history of man, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Imani is an Iranian-born American Citizen and pro- democracy activist
living in the
United States of America
. Imani is a columnist, literary translator, poet, and novelist, who
speaks out for the struggling people of his native land,
. His website is www.amilimani.com