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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
A blogger writes in the Zabane Sabz (Green Language or Green Tongue) blog that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was not born a dictator, but that he gradually became one.

I don’t have access to my library here, and it’s difficult for me to remember where I read this. Perhaps it was in "Keyhan" newspaper or the "Iran Farda" publication. I read that Mehdi Bazargan (Iran’s first prime minister after the 1979 revolution) said during the final days of Pahlavi rule that a group of revolutionaries were trying to put forth a plan for the future government so that if the dictatorial Pahlavi regime fell, they would have something to offer.

Later, when several plans were presented, somehow the plans of Seyed Ali Khamenei were thought to be more acceptable and democratic!

I have retold this history here to remind myself and all the readers in these changing conditions that there are no born dictators.

The death of a dictator may be pleasant but is not news that gives hope. We ought to try and get away from a culture that produces dictators.
A man wounded in the October 18th attack arrives at a hospital in the southeastern Iranian city of Pisheen, near the border with Pakistan.
Blogger Kamangir reacts to the deadly October 18 attack by the group Jundallah on the Revolutionary Guards Corps by saying that violence should be condemned:

I borrowed the title of this post from Lemonasion. This paragraph, too:

The terrorist incident in the east of the country...is also a measure to judge our association with violence. There is no jury. We ought to prove it to ourselves that we do not belong to that group of people that justifies crimes and killings for its own benefit. We must prove that we abhor terror and bloodshed, even if my enemy is the victim. We ought to prove that we are not bombers. What are important are these judgments.

I'd like go even further now. If I were to declare either
Jundallah or Sepah [Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution] as an enemy, with the supposition that the enemy is one of them, I would most definitely consider Jundallah as my foe.

Sepah, despite its numerous unmentionable deeds and the fact that it's a tool of dictatorship, is being run according to one principle -- keeping a link, however small, with the Iranian government. This means that, from the perspective of our impact as Iranian citizens, Jundallah basically is independent of our votes. However, Sepah, at the end of the day, is somehow dependent upon structures where our votes count.

However small our impact may be, it is more than zero. Besides all this, I agree with Lemonasion. There is no good or bad terror. Killing is what’s bad.

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