To me its so obvious that the Iranian Communists are the other side of the religious Fascists. To them Marxism-Leninism is just another religion. The text written by their holy men, Marx, Engels, ... is treated with the same feverish zeal, that religious fanatics treat their "holy" books.
Today, a rally was organised outside the Iranian embassy in London, by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, in support of the jailed Iranian bus drivers. The Workers Communist Party of Iran, acting in their usual monopolistic ways, were eager to pretend that this was their rally. They seem to think that they are the only ones who think about Iran's workers and only they are allowed to back Iran's workers.
When other Iranians with their Sun & Lion flags turned up today to support the rally, the Workers Communist Party of Iran members were enraged. They knew that even one Sun & Lion flag was enough to show in the reports that Iranians as a whole supported this rally not just the Left-wing ones. So just like fundamentalists, the WPCI members turned their rage into violence, they physically tried to attack those bearing the Sun & Lion flags in front of the Iranian embassy, and in front of the good people from the ICFTU. But little did they know that those who carry the Sun & Lion flags are not so easily intimidated. To the dismay of the Communists, the Sun & Lion flags remained high and up. Nevertheless, this was yet another embarassing episode by the Iranian Communists/Fundamentalists.
Well that's not new.
Communists helped Ayatollahs to overthrow the "imperialist Shach regime" and then got massacred by them (how ingrate! but how Islamic :-) ). Communists are known to choose wrong allies. Maybe its because the nature of their ideology is as totalitarian as the one of Ayatollahs.
I think if the day of enlightenment will come to Iran some time and the people will get rid of the shackles of Mullahs, they should ban both Islam and Communism, since both are very dangerous ideologies (social democrats however are not Communists and are vital for healthy democracy balance).
:) I beg to differ with you on that. When you ban ideas they become more interesting, and they can not be exposed. Perhaps if Khomeini's books were not banned the Iranian people would have had a better knowledge of him. Communism was also banned but it grew very rapidly in Iran.
Yet in the UK for example parties like SWP never manage to get an elected representative.
Banning ideas is never good, debate, question and exposure is always good.
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