Disillsionment Essay

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. Civilian militant squads are not unheard on in the international system. In Iran, they were used as “thugs” to intimidate the citizens. They rode motorcycles creating a distinct sound to fear but no specific face to put to it. (Ahadi The Green Wave: 2010) These same groups were being used to terrorize people both during the protests as well as in their own homes. They were employed by the government unofficially. They were meant to do the work to silence dissenters and quell any opposition that may be brewing. The way these groups of militants achieved this was by clubbing and shooting people during the protests themselves. In the towns they would take people accused of being dissenters ...view middle of the document...

By using civilians, no one could point out who is on which side. As there was no record being kept, anyone could be taken regardless of their involvement in the protests or the opposition. This is a facet of the overall dehumanization that was used on the Iranian populace as it created a fear of their own. It is one thing to fear those who hold more power, it is another completely to fear a peer. By creating the fear of a peer, the government has placed one group of civilians over another group of civilians. This happened in Rwanda with the Hutus and Tutsis.
This group, the Basenjis still active in Iran up until current day. The populace still fears them, especially those of the reform parties. This has created a policy of silence. Even those in reformist parties stay close to conservative ideals to stay safe.(Ahadi The Green Wave: 2010) Their presence has created a stricter adherence to the morals of the Islamic Republic, women wear hijab to avoid being stopped, men and women are still kept separate to a degree. While this is not true in every part of Iran, it has been a lasting effect from the Basij’s increased presence during the 2009 protests. The brutality seen has instilled a fear that will endure throughout the years and over generations.
The same people who were brutalizing citizens were also taking people from their homes. As the protests continued the government’s tactics to grow increasingly hostile. The government began to take citizens accused of being involved. They tried notable leaders of the revolution akin to the show trials of Stalin.(Milani The Green Revolution: 2010) After realizing the movement was still gaining momentum they began to imprison those they had taken. Accounts of torture, murder and abuse were being reported by social media and from those who later were released or escaped. Those who were imprisoned dealt with overcrowded cells and sexual abuse(Ahadi The Green Wave: 2010). The government didn’t try to hide the atrocities happening within the cell, though they would not confess to holding any of these people. This tactic was their last act of dehumanization and is the one that ultimately broke the revolution. As was seen in El Salvador, friends and family had no idea where their loved one’s had gone. This led to emotional distress and fear both for themselves and for those who had disappeared. This was the same that was happening in Iran. Many place this akin to what had happened in Egypyt as well. Yet in “Egypt [you] get arrested and released the same day while Iran[ian] Election protesters [are] still in prison after two years.”(Kurzman The Arab Spring: Ideals of the Iranian Green Movement, Methods
of the Iranian Revolution: 2012)However, even with reports of the ill treatment, third party human rights groups were not allowed in Iran at this time. There was no closure for those who had loved ones go missing, not a body nor a record.
This lack of closure is the ultimate act of dehumanization. It...

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