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Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:18:43 GMT
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By Nasser Namvar

Democracy is the cornerstone of a progressive society.

With democracy at its heart, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made great strides since the1979 Islamic Revolution. The Iranian nation has managed to negotiate all seemingly insurmountable impediments to prosperity and progress and move full steam ahead on the path to dignity and development.

Littered with momentous accomplishments, the last Iranian year, ending March 20, 2010, was yet another brilliant year for the nation.

On the political front, the June 12 presidential election was a watershed event where Iranians from all walks of life turned out en masse in a show of support for the lofty ideals of the revolution. The free and fair vote saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a man with the common touch and strong grassroots support, reelected as President.

Although seditious moves orchestrated by ill-wishers and foreign elements began to emerge on the heels of the election, they proved to be transitory. The Iranian people showed with one voice that they will not allow a bunch of opportunists and lackeys in the pay of hegemonic powers to rock the boat.

The massive turnout of Iranians in the February 11th rallies, marking the 31st anniversary of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, sounded the death knell for the wobbly waves of sedition rippling across the serene sea of the Iranian democracy.

The sedition movement which sought to touch off a political imbroglio and wreak mayhem in the society should not be mistaken, though, for the opposition whose members and sympathizers have always made their voices heard freely.

The Iranian democracy openly welcomes all tastes and views, but shows zero tolerance for foreign-backed traitors and saboteurs who, posing as the opposition, are desperate to deal a blow to the Islamic establishment, but to no avail.

On the nuclear front, Iran stood its ground as always, shrugging off toothless threats of more sanctions. Like before, the country refused to forswear its inalienable right to a civilian nuclear program while remaining cooperative, as ever, to allay the misgivings of the cynics over its peaceful atomic ambitions.

While agreeing, in principle, to a proposed plan on nuclear fuel swap, Iran insisted on simultaneous exchange of fuel on home soil under which the nation's low-enriched uranium would be swapped for higher enriched uranium in the form of fuel rods to be used by the Tehran research reactor. The reason behind Iran's insistence on a simultaneous exchange was the country's mistrust in the West. Their behavior had proven, time and again, that they cannot be trusted. They had even announced openly that the swap deal was aimed at depleting Iran's uranium stockpile. So much for trust!

The fact that they declined Iran's offer of a simultaneous fuel delivery was yet another indication that their talk of good faith was just s charade.

The buzz of politics did not keep Iran from further boosting its deterrence capability. Iran successfully test-fired a whole range of new or upgraded indigenously-built state-of-the-art missiles in yet another giant step towards safeguarding the nation's territorial integrity. By showing off its military prowess, Iran rendered ineffective the muscle-flexing and saber-rattling that certain powers and regimes had engaged in to force the Islamic Republic into submission. In the meantime, Iran once again reiterated that its military might and defense capability are solely for deterrence, and pose no threat, whatsoever, to the nations in the region and beyond.

Iran's accomplishments did not just stop there. The year ending March 20, 2010, saw another major technological leap in the nation's naval industries. Iran launched the Jamaran destroyer, a modern versatile vessel fully designed and developed by homegrown experts. The achievement was yet another proof that sanctions are no barrier to Iran's scientific and technological progress, but rather could, ironically enough, give fresh impetus to Iran's march toward self-sufficiency.

All this came as national security remained a top priority. Iran's intelligence apparatus working in tandem with security units managed to capture Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of the notorious Jundallah terrorist grouping. US-backed Rigi had long been on Iran's most wanted list for committing numerous acts of terror against Iranians. He has the blood of dozens of innocent Iranians on his hands. The arrest of elusive Rigi proved once again that no vicious move evades the watchful eyes of the Iranian intelligence service, and no villain is allowed to escape justice.

The last word,
There is much more down the road for Iran. A nation which has successfully dealt with the ravages of an eight-year imposed war, overcome unfair sanctions and achieved self-sufficiency in different fields, will continue to march on the path to progress.
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