Like everyone else I have been watching the news about Iran and the current turmoil in the country. And when I heard of the women,Neda killed by a Basji sniper I got pissed off. Middle Eastern women are some of the most stunning creatures on the planet, that dark hair, olive skin and those eyes. It makes a mans toes curl just thinking about it. So I researched this group of hero’s called the Basji and its a real heart warming tale.
Here are some very basic facts about this group inside Iran. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a decree founding the Basij as “a large people’s militia”, in November 1979. The Basij has a quasi-decentralised network with branches in almost every Iranianmosque. Subgroupings of the Basij include the University Basij, Student Basij, and the former tribal levies incorporated into the Basij (aka Tribal Basij). In the Student Basij, Middle-school-aged members are called Seekers (Puyandegan), and high-school members are called the Vanguard (Pishgaman). Iran claims the Basji numbers are as high as 20 million, but realistic surveys put it closer to 1 million.
The Basij have been criticised as belonging to the paramilitary forces using child soldiers because of their underage recruitment practices and for having relied extensively on “human wave” attacks during the Iran-Iraq War, particularly around Basra. Many were used as cannon fodder and for mine-clearing.
According to the UNHCR “tens of thousands of Basijis had been ordered to prowl about every factory, office and school to ensure that everyone adhered to the Islamic code. After the summer 1999 riots Basij units were revived, rearmed and sent out into the streets to help enforce Islamic law. The Basijis are reportedly under the control of local mosques. It was further said that the Basijis set up checkpoints around the cities and stopped cars to sniff their occupant’s breath for alcohol and check for women wearing make-up or travelling with a man not their close relative or husband. It was reported that the Law of Judicial Support for the Basijis, published in the Official Gazette No. 13946 of 8.10.1371 (December 1992), provided no redress against arbitrary detention by the Basijis.” Iran’s permanent representative to the U.N. denied these charges.
This group is for all intents and purposes a terrorist group in and of itself, and the murder of Neda, shot by a Basij sniper is just one of many many crimes. In the Ayatollah Khameini’s Friday Sermon of June 19th, 2009, the Ayatollah scolded Basij elements who perpetrated heinous crimes against humanity in their assault on homes and barracks in the name of the Khomeini Revolution. In addition, Khameini chastised those who believe in the possibility that the Islamic Establishment of the Wilayat al Faqih could make an 11 million vote counting error, while dressing down reformers such as Khatemi and Rafsanjani, who hold the ability direct and incite masses of their supporters to the will of the agitating protestors.
When in fact factions withing the Irianian goverment is behind the Basij acts of violence which has been a common pratice in the past, using their vigilanty style of puinishment in order to control the masses and then claim no involvement. This group is a perfect example of the men using a religious cover to commit crimes such as rape, murder, larcany, bribery and anything else forbidden by Islam.
Killing and unarmed women is wrong at anytime, doing so intentionally is murder pure plain and simple and the goverments hope that Neda wont become a symbol of the repression the people are enduring is another fantasy.