Iran hangs ten on Christmas Eve

posted at 10:46 am on December 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Unfortunately, that’s not a surfing reference.  While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got a television platform in the UK to pass along a propaganda message to the West on how to celebrate a holiday his nation abhors, the Iranians celebrated by playing Christmas Tree with ten prisoners:

Norway deplores the executions of 10 persons in Iran on Christmas Eve. Prior to the executions Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere appealed to Iran to stop in time and not go ahead with the executions. …

Last week Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the mass executions in Tehran’s Evin Prison on 26 November and other repeated violations of human rights that have taken place in Iran lately.

The Government is concerned about the human rights situation in Iran in general.  Two days ago the Iranian authorities closed the Center for Defence of Human Rights in Tehran, The centre was established and headed by the Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

Legal Insurrection reminds us of Ahmadinejad’s exhortations to the West on the proper celebration of Christmas:

On Christmas Day, British television Channel 4 provided Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a platform to broadcast “an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II’s annual address.” In the message, Ahmadinejad said that “if Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.” The speech received widespread media attention.

Undoubtedly, He would — and Ahmadinejad and his terrorist regime would qualify under all four categories.

Interestingly, no global news agencies bothered to cover the Christmas Eve hangings, despite the worldwide attention focused on Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message.  Nor has there been any significant coverage of the Christmas week closing of the human-rights center that belied Ahmadinejad’s holiday message.  It seems as though the media only has an interest in acting as a repeater station for tyrants rather than hold them accountable for their actions.

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ronsfi on December 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Ok. This is quite a read… And in this corner… I just need a clarification, cuz springs and ball bearings sprang from my head reading that post. If you don’t mind, what faith was your Christian orientation and what faith is your friend the FUNDIE? In my world, Catholic is conservative and fundamentalism cannot be anything short of Protestant. If I know the facts I can follow the saga better. OK – I’ll go back to my popcorn and enjoy the rest of the posts

ericdijon on December 28, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Hehe!

ericdijon on December 28, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Well I really appreciate that in the spirit it was meant.
I was raised a Mormon in Europe and my Good Friend is a Four Square Fundamentalist, which means he speaks in tongues and shid. Umm I so don’t buy it and he knows this. We don’t hide our opinions. He thinks I’m going to hell. But we are friends and although we disagree on such esoterica, we still maintain a respectful and even loving human relationship. He’s a very good person. A good friend. And he’s having a kid which is awesome. I wish HA could find such neutral ground. I get to see the sonograms. Science is Cool!

ronsfi on December 28, 2008 at 3:32 PM

ronsfi is a good guy – I know this from many months of reading HA threads.

What is the thread about?

We all need to focus on hangings: decorations on Christmas trees, people hanging fron trees in Iran, media hanging in Obama’s crotch and, thus, not noticing the hangings in Iran, and digging into why those occured, and applying some world standards, of which they’re so fond of…etc, etc.

ronsfi, darling, let it go, or let them topics go, whatever the origins. It simply is better sometimes. Just think that we’re having an argument or a conversation instead.

Most everyone here is good, or at least most of the time, or at least we try. We all succeed, or fail, sometimes.

Happy New Year, and may the world wake up to the real atrocities. The media are the enemies of the free people, the world over.

Entelechy on December 28, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Ahmadinejad pretty much does whatever the **** he wants to do. Can somebody please deaden him?

Imagine if there was a US execution on Christmas Eve.

The Race Card on December 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Entelechy on December 28, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Jeeze thanks E. I always find it comforting when you’re in the thread. I read your comments all the time. Happy New Year! and if I might say…God Bless.

I won’t let it go though. I am on a mission. hehehe!

ronsfi on December 28, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Heh, dear ronsfi, some missions are futile :)

TRC, I’ll help you “deaden” him.

Entelechy on December 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM

compare/contrast to Iraq making Christmas a national holiday

jp on December 28, 2008 at 3:46 PM

So what were the crimes these ten prisoners committed that were worth being executed for?

Maybe for speaking out publicly by calling Ahmadinejad and the ruling mullahs a bunch of power-mad murdering bloodthirsty maniacs?

pilamaye on December 28, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Iranian hangings are different than most standard hangings. They don’t drop the victim through a trap to snap their neck for instant death, a la Saddam Hussien. They lift them up, sometimes with a crane, and slowly choke them to death, which is far more brutal than hanging.

JonRoss on December 28, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Ahmadinejad pretty much does whatever the **** he wants to do. Can somebody please deaden him?

The Race Card on December 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Get me in a position to do so, and gladly. I’d prefer a room with myself, him, and a railroad spike.

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2008 at 4:23 PM

I’m 43 years old and in that period of time have yet to see anything of any usefulness come from the “Persian culture”. They might have been the foundation for modern day society, but they sure as hell didn’t “evolve” from their animal ancestory. They have shown time and time again that they can’t let go of their primitive pasts in both beliefs and actions. It is a normal cycle, in evolution, for the weaker to be “removed” and die off and the stronger to survive. That time has come. We need to no longer care about what came from that area centuries ago, but be more concerned about what’s coming out of that area presently——-an none of it looks good. I say good riddance to the entire Middle East. They have become their own worst enemy and only have themselve to blame for their future domination by other cultures.
As for the capital punishment issue in general, I’ve been trying to find someone to go in with me on a business venture. We will manufacter “electric bleachers”. Forget this chair stuff. No efficient. We’ve got many “should be dead already” wastes of carbon sitting on death row at this time. Time to play catch up. The bleachers would be awesome. And to eliminate the “psychologic torture” some anti DP people have, we could invite them to a basketball game. Once their all sitting there enthralled with the game. Flip that switch. They’ll never know it was coming. Now how humane is that. Of course, everyone fried will have had their crimes made public so no concern over what they did would occur like those being executed in the “wonderful land or Persia.” GMAFB.

rayvet on December 28, 2008 at 4:26 PM

rayvet on December 28, 2008 at 4:26 PM

I was with you for most of the first paragraph, but your wrap up makes me think you should get away from the old computer and perhaps go outdoors and get some fresh air a little more often.

JonRoss on December 28, 2008 at 4:39 PM

ronsfi on December 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

I would define “alien cultures” as any and all of the cultures you insist we “embrace” while being forced to discard our own. For some reason we’re the only culture on the planet whose culture is not deemed charming and worthy of preservation.

Buy Danish on December 28, 2008 at 5:22 PM

I’m 43 years old and in that period of time have yet to see anything of any usefulness come from the “Persian culture”.

Except oil, you mean.

Iran hasn’t invaded another country for over 300 years.

Ahmadinejad pretty much does whatever the **** he wants to do. Can somebody please deaden him?

Freedom sucks when we don’t control it, I guess.

angelat0763 on December 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Iran hasn’t invaded another country for over 300 years.

angelat0763 on December 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Check into what all they finance, and their potential to blow up a good chunk of the world, soon.

Entelechy on December 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Freedom sucks when we don’t control it, I guess.

angelat0763 on December 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Beg your pardon? Since when has Iran been free? Since the number of political prisoners under the Shah increased by a factor of 100 after five years under Islamic rule?

There is no freedom there to control.

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Ahmadinejad pretty much does whatever the **** he wants to do. Can somebody please deaden him?

The Race Card on December 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Get me in a position to do so, and gladly. I’d prefer a room with myself, him, and a railroad spike.

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Good sentiment, TRC. I see amadmaninadinnerjacket as ideal at room temperature.

As for the rail spike, MC, explain. You planning on just banging it on his head a real lot? Imagine the irony if death found him with that spike jammed up his stinker.

What Would Allah Do?

Jaibones on December 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Iran hasn’t invaded another country for over 300 years.
angelat0763 on December 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

How about these tidbits of history from the Iran-Iraq war

14 July-28 July 1982: Operation Ramadan; Failed Iranian offensive to capture Basra.
9 April-17 April 1983: Operation Valfajr-1/Dawn-1; Failed Iranian offensive in Ein Khosh to capture Basra-Baghdad highway.
19 October-mid November 1983: Operation Valfajr-4/Dawn 4; Iranian offensive in Iraq’s Kurdistan near Panjwin makes small gains.
22 February-16 March 1984: Operation Kheibar; Iranian offensive captures the Iraqi Majnoon Islands in the Haur al-Hawizeh marshes.
10 March-20 March 1985: Operation Badr; Unsuccessful Iranian offensive to capture the Basra-Baghdad highway.
9 February-25 February 1986: Operation Valfajr-8/Dawn 8; Three-pronged Iranian offensive leads to capture of al-Faw Peninsula.
2 June 1986: Operation Karbala-1.
1 September 1986: Operation Karbala-2; Iranian offensive in the Hajj Umran area of Iraqi Kurdistan.
9 January-26 February 1987: Operation Karbala-5; Iranian offensive in southern Iraq to capture Basra.
21 June 1987: Operation Nasr 4. Iranian Operation captures Kirkuk
16 March 1988: Operation Valfajr-10/Dawn 10; Iranian offensive in Iraqi Kurdistan.
27 July 1988: Operation Mersad.

kanda on December 28, 2008 at 6:03 PM

What Would Allah Do?

Jaibones on December 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

He would send him this note.

Entelechy on December 28, 2008 at 6:04 PM

As for the rail spike, MC, explain. You planning on just banging it on his head a real lot? Imagine the irony if death found him with that spike jammed up his stinker.

What Would Allah Do?

Jaibones on December 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

It’s a combination blunt and stabbing weapon, that could eventually end up where Allah’s breath comes from.

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM

A look back at 2009, “an imaginary retrospective” – oh, the irony – it’s killing me.

The same was true of Obama’s decision to fly to Tehran in June – a decision that did more than anything else to sour relations with Hillary Clinton, whose supporters never quite recovered from the sight of the former presidential candidate shrouded in a veil. Not that the so-called “opening to Iran” produced a dramatic improvement in the Middle East region. Nobody had expected that either. It was more that, like Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, it symbolised a readiness on Obama’s part to rethink the very fundamentals of American grand strategy. And the downfall of the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad – followed soon after by the abandonment of the country’s nuclear weapons programme – was a significant prize in its own right. With their economy prostrate, the pragmatists in Tehran were finally ready to make their peace with “the Great Satan”, in return for desperately needed investment.

Entelechy on December 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM

“Except oil, you mean.”

Actually that’s really not part of their culture. Truth is they’re too F’ing stupid to have gotten it out of the ground and processed withouth other “cultures” science. Truth is it’s probaly only the presence of oil that has allowed their barbaric culture to survive until this day. To remove them from this area would be politically incorrect because the narrow minded individual would say we are doing it for the oil, when in fact it would be because they no longer have a place in today’s society.

rayvet on December 28, 2008 at 6:13 PM

ronsfi, bishop it doesn’t matter why they were hanged.

Um, yes it does.

If they were murderers or rapists or the like then they darn well deserved to have their necks stretched.

Dark-Star on December 28, 2008 at 7:12 PM

I wish HA could find such neutral ground.

ronsfi on December 28, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Don’t wish that on HA. Well, maybe wish the personal abuses were, at a minimum, minimized. I detect an order at HA and I think that’s why I enjoy visiting the site. I read posts from all perspectives. The most awakening posts are when someone is pressed out of character and their true feelings are concisely hammered into their keyboard and then the irreversible “Submit Comment” button is slapped.

ericdijon on December 28, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Get me in a position to do so, and gladly. I’d prefer a room with myself, him, and a railroad spike.

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Maddy..please.
We’re talking about the evil iranian leader. Not your low brow deviate sexual fantasies.

Liberals…sheesh.

Handel on December 28, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Damn! The EU issued The Expression Of Grave Concern, but they forgot The Sternly Worded Letter ! That would certainly have knocked Iran back on its keester and stopped this whole tragedy.

eeyore on December 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Where do you get that Iran abhors Christmas?

Mark Jaquith on December 28, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Ronsfi,

Here’s a cultural embrace for you. Hugs!:

Forty years ago, the mills of northern England needed workers so Britain imported them from Pakistan. The mills closed, but the workers stayed, and now Yorkshire has adopted Mirpuri customs of arranged cousin marriage: in Bradford, 75 per cent of Pakistani Britons are married to their first cousins. As to the seductive assimilatory charms of time, 30 years ago the percentage was half that. A victory for culture over economics.

Buy Danish on December 29, 2008 at 6:39 AM

Ahmadinejad pretty much does whatever the **** he wants to do. Can somebody please deaden him?

The Race Card on December 28, 2008 at 3:36 P

Israel might make your wish come true. IF the US and the rest of the world stays out of the way.

abcurtis on December 29, 2008 at 7:21 AM

The media is so busy tarring anyone who opposes its far left agenda “Hitler”, that they can’t see the modern day Hitler springing before them.

Hitler documented all that he wanted to do, just like the ape dwarf that head Iran has done.

And just like Hitler, the ape dwarf from Iran occasionally makes speeches to fool the left and says his intentions are only peaceful.

So what territories will the ape dwarf decide are Iran’s and how quickly will the Euros deliver them to him?

NoDonkey on December 29, 2008 at 8:53 AM

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