Why is Iran going to execute the football player? Because it seems so. Because, you can. Because there is no one to stop it. Because he wants to root out terror and announce it to the rest of the world: Don’t mess with Tehran.
If anything is the epitome of freedom, it is the body and mind of the athlete who soars, throws forward, accelerates. For authoritarian regimes, for fundamentalism of any sign and color, it always signals danger. You have to be taught a lesson.
Twenty-six-year-old Amir Nasr-Azadani, defender of the Iranjawan Football Club, is about to march to the scaffold for daring to oppose the Ayatollah regime’s repression of Iranian women. Amir is tried for “enmity to God”, and his life hangs by a thread. In that kingdom of nonsense “enmity with God” is a very serious crime, and subject to the interpretation of the judge as to fortune or misfortune.
Less than a week earlier, the Iranian regime had hanged Majidreza Rahnvard from a crane; Earlier he had killed, or rather had killed, Moshen Shekhri. both opposed the death penalty Mehsa Amini, A girl who was killed for not wearing the Islamic veil correctly. In that game of mirrors with death, the girl was judged by the “moral police” of the regime. Iran has a moral police that judges intentions, thoughts, perhaps ideas, purposes, plans, ideas, and even the correct use of clothing. It is a broad-spectrum police that controls even the dreams of citizens: one button leads to the gallows. In Tehran, everything that doesn’t belong ends up on the scaffold.
Rahnvard’s hanging corpse was beautifully painted by the regime, perched high against the blue sky, and swaying lightly in the wind of Tehran. The image traveled the world. this is Iran’s way of saying that we are, And the world is silent. Thousands of individual wills have been raised in favor of revoking the death sentence against Iranian football player Amir. But FIFA, for example, has so far maintained an embarrassing silence that it appears unwilling to break.
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Only the International Federation of Professional Soccer Players expressed solidarity with Amir and demanded: “(…) we demand the immediate lifting of his sentence.” It’s easy to imagine what Iran would do with that request, expressed with the sadness of someone who feels the wind could blow against him at any moment.
Aamir’s enmity with God? Enmity for no reason. The protest, resistance, obstinacy, fatigue, persistence of the opponents of the Ayatollah’s regime disturbs, hurts and alarms the Iranian dictators. He also cannot tolerate that his questioners are all very young. When the Islamic Revolution seized power to establish, rather than free, Iran from the tyranny of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, many like Amir had not been born nor had his parents met. own reign of terrorBased on whimsical, arbitrary and criminal interpretation of the sacred Islamic codes.
I had been in Tehran for about a month when young mujahideen stormed the American embassy and kidnapped fifty-two hostages. It was 1979 and the leader of that inclusive revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had settled in Qom, about 150 kilometers from the Iranian capital. on a trip to that city, We stopped with photographer Hector Carballo, two special envoys of “Gente” magazine, to see what peasant life was like on the outskirts of the big city. it was like going back centuries, There we learned that, in general, the women of those humble and gentle houses slept in shelters during the cold or hot nights of that almost desert, while the animals did so under roofs and shelters, as goats and sheep compared to sheep. were rare. Wives. And with those words he told us.
One of the first “revolutionary” measures of the regime, today’s embryo, was the ban on chess. Khomeini banned chess in Iran because he considered it a bad pastime, a waste of time that paralyzed man in thinking and strategy.
These cranes come from that dust. about half a century ago. There is gas and oil in the soil of the play. And the clothes that governments and institutions, world organizations and sports federations blindly wear, show the civilized virtues of integration, respect for multiculturalism, pluralism and equality. in that period, and instead of favoring a minimal cultural integration, Iran has become an autocratic statehas supported guerrilla groups, such as the pro-Iranian Lebanese Hezbollah, financed terrorist attacks and declared a deafening war against the West in the name of an interpretation of religious law that is placed above law and the state Was. have deified themselves, and their soldiers, or volunteers, or lone wolves, or suicidal militiamen who shed blood in the streets of Europe and our country.
Instead of thinking about diversity and multiculturalism, Iran convicted and executed a girl because the “morality police” found her veil was wrong. And it also kills those people who oppose that hanging.
How to gather those who are scattered? How to talk about pluralism with someone who punishes with death those who think, speak, protest, rebel or argue? If the most fundamental disagreement involves “enmity with God” and death, how can the least hope for Amir’s life be pleaded successfully?
This afternoon, as I kick off the final match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, perhaps another giant stork on the streets of Tehran will get oiled. We’ll find out later, because a horrifying photo will make us scream in our faces. But now we have all been warned.