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Al-Ahwazi's claims show the diabolic legacy of Saddam lives on


April 21, 2005

After killing almost a million people in trying to annex Khuzestan during the Iran-Iraq war, mutant remnants of Sheikh Khaz'al demagoguery are scurrying around trying to disintegrate Iran once again. Now we have the Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Stewart Pettigrew meeting with the leaders of the "Al-Ahwaz" grouplet (photo), officially endorsing their position. (map)

This is what happens when thousands of competent conscientious technocrats from all parts, minorities, and political affiliations are banned from running for offices in Iran, and replaced instead by a posse of religious retrogrades who refuse the sacraments of free-thinking, and who have absolutely no clue how to run a country based on contemporary standards.

I have great respect for people like Majlis Speaker Haddad Adel. He was my literature teacher in high school, and a very good one. But it vexes me to see that the non-plebiscitary vision of the likes of him puts other things higher in priority than Iran itself.

It is from the vacuum created by Iran's dogmatic policies that ill wishers get the chance to bring harm to Iran-zameen, now in the form of a newly propped up factitious secessionist clangor in Khuzestan. The revisionists are hard at work to change our history and to put an end to Iran as we know it.

Take for instance a look at Lessons of Modern War- Volume II: The Iran-Iraq War, (online version), a book coauthored with Abraham R. Wagner, which is regarded as an academic source of reference on the Iran-Iraq war and "the question of Khuzestan". Allow me to quote some passages:

1. "The Persianization of Khuzistan had also had considerable success". p3
2. "Iran had had half a century to 'Persianize' the area and a strong incentive to do so". p2

So Khuzestan "was Persianized". I suppose these sources forget that the Sassanid capital Ctesiphon was inside today's Iraq, and that the Arabs invaded Iran, not the other way around. Jundishapur was in Khuzestan, not in Hijaz (the real Arabistan).

3. "When the Treaty of Lausanne establish[ed] Iraq as a state in 1923, it paid no attention to the issue of 'Arabistan' at all. The entire area was assumed to be part of Persia". p2

"Was assumed". That's factualizing that "Arabistan" is actually a real entity.

4. "Something approach[ing] a separate "Arabistan" did exist in southwest Iran between roughly 1690 and 1923". p2

Well, something approaching Iran exists today in Khuzestan. And if you wish to take the road of a historical argument, then we can talk about the Elamites, who ruled Khuzestan for thousands of years, were a non-semitic people, and who were precursors to the Persian Empire.

It's a good thing that even Saddam wasn't able to destroy that magnificent Ziggurat near Susa, where Ashurbanipal bitterly wrote:

"Susa, the great holy city, abode of their Gods, seat of their mysteries, I conquered. I entered its palaces, I opened their treasuries where silver and gold, goods and wealth were amassed... I destroyed the ziggurat of Susa. I smashed its shining copper horns. I reduced the temples of Elam to naught; their gods and goddesses I scattered to the winds. The tombs of their ancient and recent kings I devastated, I exposed to the sun, and I carried away their bones toward the land of Ashur. I devastated the provinces of Elam and on their lands I sowed salt."(photo)

Note the key word "their". Susa was never part of any other civilization to begin with. It belonged to Iran.

5. "In 1924, [Reza Khan] put down all Arab resistance in "Arabistan" and changed the name to Khuzistan". p2

"Changed the name", as if he invented it. I wonder then what the 8th century historian Ibn Muqaffa means when he says:

"The Iranian languages are Fahlavi, Dari, Khuzi, Farsi, and Seryani,... where Khuzi is the unofficial language of the royalty".

"Khuzi". And where did this royalty live? Susa, smack in the middle of Khuzestan.

6. "On November 30, 1971 -- the day before the British left the Gulf ñ the Shah seized three strategic islands in the lower Gulf which were owned by the UAE. This seizure led Iraq to sever diplomatic relations with Iran". p7

7. "For an excellent description of the issues involved, and their history, see Daniel Pipes: A Border Adrift: Origins of... "

How absurd a policy Iran must have that even pro-Israeli authors are supporting Arab causes against Iran.

This is why Iran needs Israel as a friend. As long as this brainless Tel Aviv-Tehran enmity exists, the likes of Daniel Pipes will be presented as academic references for Iran. I have never understood Iran's policy of supporting "fellow muslim Arab brothers" at the cost of being confronted by Israel and the US, and then being stabbed in the back by the same Arabs. How asinine is that?

8. "It is important to note that the fact Iraq invaded Iran is not prima facie evidence of aggressive intent or guilt for the war. The creation of a contingency capability to invade Iran cannot, under the circumstances, be regarded as a premeditated effort to either invade or dominate Iran". p16

Ah yes, exculpation of Iraq to lend legitimacy to the sinister "Al-Ahwaz" dagger. After tens of thousands of Iranian casualties from Iraq's Chemical weapons, "no guilt"? Sweet.

Maybe these authors wish to bury items 6, 7, and 8 of the UN Secretary General's report to the UN Security Council on Dec 9, 1991:

-- page 1
-- page 2
-- page 3

But no, lobotomizing the hoi polloi is the profession of these pundit revisionists. But then again, who instigates them?

Nevertheless the damage has been done. Amnesty is now making a big fuss about it and the presstitutes are jumping at this new opportunity to spread outrageous mendacities (example link). Shutting down Al-Jazeera's branch in Iran won't stop them from disseminating new lies about "80 years of Iranian occupation in Al-Ahwaz" either. After all, millions are being spent just to fabricate these lies.

Maybe it's time the beard-wielding political cronyist dolts in Iran woke up and realized that Iran's integrity is in danger as a result of their fatuous views. Maybe instead of submitting idiotic proposals such as a new national dress code, they will start tending to de-centralization projects so that oil-rich but poverty-stricken regions like Khuzestan wont become grounds for the latest ploy of Iran's enemies. 

Is it not time to accept Iran's interests on par with "Islam"? When will we see a stop to the brain drain exodus of Iran's best talents? When will we see a stop to the oligarchic screening and filtering of millions who aspire to serve Iran? Is it then an accident that we see literally hundreds of Iranians serving as Chairs, Directors, Deans, and CEOs of companies outside Iran instead of serving their own country? I think not.

May God save me when I go back to Iran this summer.  

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Nima Kasraie



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