• Colin Harris-Turner

    Accountability would be a good start. For starters, he should be held accountable, along with others, for the most atrocious massacre in recent Iranian history. During the 1988 mass executions of political prisoners, which resulted in over 5000 deaths, Rouhani was Deputy Commander-in-chief of the regime’s armed forces at the time. Actually since 1982 he he had been a member of the regime’s Supreme Defense Council and a member of the Central Council of War Logistics Headquarters.In those positions, he was fully cognizant of this barbaric act of mass murder and obviously was in full agreement with it.That clearly shows that the notion that Rowhani is moderate and reform oriented is baseless. He is as culpable – and accountable – as any other leading light of the regime for this hideous crime.

  • Fatemeh Keshavarz

    Rouhani has not been covering up his involvement in the regime. His role and extent of the involvement in the 1988 events have been discussed inside and outside Iran. He is neither a saint nor a revolutionary who would wish to undo the system in which he has risen to power. If by accountability we mean a confession and an ideological change on his part, it will not happen. Neither would it be desirable to have a total reformist who would be powerless to bring about any meaningful change. On the other hand, if as the election participation level shows, the Iranians would like gradual reform rather than revolution, and an able and moderate politician who has shown he can build effective consensus, Rouhani is the person. What will change and how much will depend on wide range of factors. Having followed his election carefully, I wish him luck.