The Jerusalem Post had the questionable honor to speak to a member of the infamous Iranian Basiji militia – the militia that forms the backbone of the theocratic regime, and that brought forth current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The militia member served as a prison guard until earlier this year, when he freed two young girls who were arrested because of their participation in anti-Khamenei and anti-Ahmadinejad protests.

The Basiji member, who is married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention. He had been held for the “crime” of having set free two Iranian teenagers – a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections.

So how does this militia do? How does it operate? The man who knows shares his story:

He pinned the blame for much of the most ruthless violence employed by the Iranian security apparatus against opposition protesters on what he called “imported security forces” – recruits, as young as 14 and 15, he said, who have been brought from small villages into the bigger cities where the protests have been centered.

“Fourteen and 15-year old boys are given so much power, which I am sorry to say they have abused,” he said. “These kids do anything they please – forcing people to empty out their wallets, taking whatever they want from stores without paying, and touching young women inappropriately. The girls are so frightened that they remain quiet and let them do what they want.”

He added that “these youngsters” are the ones who commit most of the crimes in the name of the regime.

That sounds plausible, doesn’t it? Youngsters gone wild.

Sadly, not so. Here’s what this ‘hero’ did when he was younger and more, let’s say passionate, about ‘defending’ the regime and implementing ‘Sharia’: He raped young girls who were sentenced to death the night before they were executed.

He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so “impressed my superiors” that, at 18, “I was given the ‘honor’ to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death.”

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a “wedding” ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard – essentially raped by her “husband.”

“I regret that, even though the marriages were legal,” he said.

If the marriages were “legal,” why would he regret them?

“Because,” he went on, “I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their ‘wedding’ night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.

“I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over,” he said. “I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her.”

Amazingly, this man is supposedly one of the more compassionate members of the Basiji militia. 90% (perhaps more) are worse.

When – not if – the regime finally falls, we will hear more, yet similar, stories. Let it be a reminder of how evil they truly are.

Of course we should also keep in mind that this is how they treat their own people. What do you think this means they are willing to do to other peoples, especially to Israelis?

Michael van der Galien writes for Poligazette.

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