Enraged with the success of the Green Movement protests on 14th Feb, which displayed the double standards of the Islamic Republic to the whole world, the ruling junta in Iran is determined to finally eliminate a lion heart cleric who has chosen to stand by his people to the very end.
Last Tuesday, the regime's henchmen went further than holding him under house arrest. Hired mobs attacked his residence again and camped outside, saying they were waiting for the Supreme Leader to issue his fatwa, so they could decapitate Karroubi and his wife and parade their heads in the streets. Security men ransacked his house, removed his documents and books and occupied his house. Karroubi and his wife are now kept in separate rooms in their house and are forced to eat the food the security agents are giving them. Many fear they will be poisoned in this way.
Pro-government publications started a call in unison to de-robe him, saying he had never been a cleric!
Karroubi's son, Ali and his wife Nafisseh were also arrested. Nafisseh's three brothers were martyred in the war to defend Iran against Saddam's invasion. Ali's whereabouts is still unknown.
Karroubi's other son, Hossein has had to go into hiding and soon may also be arrested.
Amidst all this injustice, cowards like former president Khatami and other Grand Ayatollahs have chosen to remain silent. Clerics are often known for their expediency considerations and running away when the going gets tough, but Karroubi the Lion Heart has been one exceptional cleric who was different and his valour and resoluteness won him the hearts of many, including secularists like myself.
And meanwhile, Ahmadinejad scored another rank hypocrisy today by lecturing Gaddafi on the wrongs of suppressing dissent.