October 12, 2000
Near boiling point
Thank you for your article ["Meeting
Faezeh"]. Since you have the opportunity to closely communicate
as a friend with Faezeh Khanoom Rafsanjani, please be so kind to relay
to her the following realities and indeed the final opportunities which
lies ahead for her father.
This year clearly marks Mr. Rafsanjani's last golden opportunity to
allow democracy to fully bloom by convincing the ruling clergy to unconditionally
release the country to the democraticly-elected president and parliment
in harmony with a neutral and just judiciary branch.
The position of vali-ye faghih must be converted to a mere advisor
and elder stateman. If this does not happen in the near future, the Iranian
people will rise in a bloody upheaval. By then the fate of Mr. Rafsanjani,
Mr. Khamenei and the ruling clergy will be far worse than that of the
late Shah and his cronies.
Presently Mr. Rafsanjani enjoys real power and influence to foster the
swift transformation to full democracy and by doing so he will go down
in history as such. Imagine such exhalted station in the annals or our
If, however, he makes the same tragic error in judgement as the late
Shah made by insisting on an absolute rule, he will be remembered by history
as the true leader of the hijackers of the revolution and the true enemy
of progress in Iran. Indeed the water is near boiling point.