On June 15th 2013, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird noted of the Iranian election of “moderate” Hassan Rowhani that “…none of the eight regime-approved candidates represents a real alternative for Iranian voters. The person tagged to replace Ahmadinejad will simply be another of Ayatollah Khamenei’s puppets in the tragic and dangerous pantomime that is life for all Iranians.”
These were heartening words for Iranian-Canadian exiles, an astute assessment of the brutal reality of the Iranian regime.
Baird’s words appropriately recognized that the "moderate" Rowhani has always been a loyal supporter of the Islamic regime during all its phases of oppression, torture, rape, and executions. In July of 1999, during the largest pro-democracy protests Iran had seen in 20 years, while another so-called reformist, Mohammad Khatami, was the Iranian President, Rowhani was responsible for ordering the arrest, torture and murder of students who were fighting to bring genuine democracy to Iran.
For the past three decades, Iranian-Canadian pro-democracy activists have encouraged the Canadian government to take a firm stand against the regime in Iran: to condemn its human rights violations, to isolate the regime politically, and to close the regime's embassy in Ottawa. Baird’s condemnation of the sham election was a sign of hope that the Harper government was choosing to stand with the people of Iran against the Islamic dictatorship.
Not surprisingly, however, the Iranian regime’s agents and lobbyists in Canada quickly initiated and orchestrated a response not only to give meaning to the sham election but also to generate credibility for the regime both inside and outside Iran. Please click HERE for the link to the original article