Executions are up in Iran – dramatically up.
No, there hasn’t been an increase in crime. They haven’t caught any terrorists. They haven’t suddenly decided to reduce the backlog on ‘death row’.
What they HAVE realized is that they are in a very difficult position. The Iranian government is pursuing a Jihadist ideal, and the population is under-whelmed. Worse, theÂ average YusefÂ is upset that the government isn’t doing more to revitalize the economy.
Iranians see how much money is going to the nuclear weapons program, to other expensive military projects, to Syria, to Hamas, to…Â – while more than 40% of Iranians live below the poverty line andÂ unemployment amongÂ younger Iranians isÂ on its way toÂ 50%.
It’s that younger population that is the biggest worry. Remember that revolutions are started and run by twenty-something kids. Who do you think threw out the Shah in theÂ seventies?
Just look at those pictures of Ahmadinejad during the Iranian revolution. He was a kid – a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed kid. He was smart and confident. He had the world by the tail, and he helped topple aÂ despotic government.
So, our boyÂ Ahmadinejad knows about kids and revolutions,Â which means thatÂ he knowsÂ that he’s in trouble.
So, when you hear that 430,000 men and women have been arrested in Iran since April. Worse… well, let me quote from the Wall Street Journal (August 6, 2007):
According to Gen. Ismail Muqaddam, commander of the Islamic Police, a total of 430,000 men and women have been arrested on charges related to drug use since April. A further 4,209 men and women, mostly aged between 15 and 30, have been arrested for “hooliganism” in Tehran alone. The largest number of arrests, totaling almost a million men and women according to Mr. Muqaddam, were related to the enforcement of the new Islamic Dress Code, passed by the Islamic Majlis (parliament) in May 2006.
The article doesn’t stop there:
The wave of arrests has increased pressure on the nation’s inadequate prison facilities. At a recent press conference in Tehran, the head of the National Prisons Service, Ali-Akbar Yassaqi, appealed for a moratorium on arrests. He said Iran’s official prisons could not house more than 50,000 prisoners simultaneously while the actual number of prisoners at any given time was above 150,000. Mr. Yassaqi also revealed that each year on average some 600,000 Iranians spend some time in one of the 130 official prisons.
Since Mr. Ahmadinejad ordered the crackdown, work on converting 41 official buildings to prisons has started, with contracts for 33 other prisons already signed. Nevertheless, Mr. Yassaqi believes that, with the annual prison population likely to top the million mark this year, even the new capacities created might prove insufficient.
OneÂ MILLION Iranians? Out of a population of 65 million? They are expecting to putÂ 1 in 65 Iranians in jail over the coming year?
And that’s just the ‘official’ count.Â We aren’t even talking about the ‘unofficial’ prisons run by the Revolutionary Guard, orÂ the death squads, or the…
We could go on.
The bottom line is this:Â Islamism is in trouble in Iran.
And that should scare you.
If you want to see the whole Wall Street Journal article, go here: