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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


March 28, 2001

Saving Persepolis

I was reading an article by Alireza Nourizadeh who has written extensively on the hidden and bloody hands of the Iranian Mafia, in the murder of opponents of the Islamic regime. Then I saw a recent biography by Sadegh Khalkahli, the infamous killer of many of the Shah's close associates and of innocent people who were killed upon his order.

I remember a sentence he uttered shortly after the revolution while execution orders had taken place and realizing that many innocent people had died, when he said, " Well, they will go to heaven if they were innocent!" Such were the crimes committed then and ironically today a man like Khalkhali is considered one of the country's reformists!

The face of reform is now obvious to everyone. How could Khalkhali, who's hands were stained with the blood of so many innocent lives, all of a sudden change overnight and become an advocate of reform? We are not fools anymore. People remember Khalkahli very well. His idiotic face is not forgotten.

I also came across another paragraph in the same article by Nourizadeh and became extremely proud. The same Khalkhali and the thugs around him, all followers of the Navab Safavi movement, the brothers in arm of the Taliban in Afghanistan, attempted to destroy Persepolis in Shiraz. It was only a few weeks after the revolution when Nosratollah Amini had become the governor of Fars.

After hearing of the attempt against Persepolis, Amini, who had been a member of the National Front during the days of Mossadegh and his personal lawyer, called upon the security forces in Fars, and in a show of force, threw out the humiliated invaders headed by Khalkhali.

Nosratollah Amini said the destruction of the beloved Persepolis would be possible over his dead body. And he saved this most historic and ancient remnant of our ancestors. I am extremely proud to be the daughter of such a man.

The Khalkhalis are still around, so are the Taliban who have been destroying ancient statues in Afghanistan. But Persoplis is still standing tall and so are the people of Iran. They have not given up. Thank you dear father.

Fariba Amini


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