June 17, 2003
* Temptation of imposing ready-made solutions
I just read and enjoyed your article "The
last thing Iran needs". I completely
agree with you that we Iranians who have lived and grown up outside
Iran have no right to go back and dictate democracy in Iran. Iran
is and will always be our country of origin, but it is not our
society any longer. It is their society. We do not live there,
do not work there, and do not participate in their daily social life.
It is off course nothing wrong in voicing democratic ideas and working
with them for social change. But we have to refrain from the
temptation of imposing ready-made solutions over to them.
I have been waiting for such an article, and I hope more Iranians
will voice opinion of this kind.
* Pahlavi can fill in leadership gap
Dear Ms. Laleh Larijani,
I read your opinion piece ["The
last thing Iran needs"] with interest, and wanted to say that
I respect and understand your view, and hesitations in regard to the
in Iran and the ever increasing popularity of the Campaign led by the
Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi. I am in no way connected to him, so please
accept this response as a personal view than anything else.
I would like
to say that the Crown
Prince's Campaign started far before the events of September 11th and
that or the War on Irak that followed. It started In the Summer of 1980
when he took oath as "Roi de Jure" at the Koubeh Palace in
Cairo upon his fathers death.
The Prince referred to that period as lonesome
and abandoned by the World and his people, he has nevertheless struggled
ever since to liberate the Iranian Nation from the chains of the
Islamic Republic. True he is certainly not alone in this fight and enjoys
support of the US at least unofficially. How else could it be ?
I believe has to be the position of Democrats be it Republicans or
Constitutional Monarchists is to show their Unity in the face of the
by the people of Iran. The Combat is an unequal one that of the Mullah
Theocracy hardliners who have the upperhand on the Army, Police and
fanatic Basidjis and the Students and people who are supporting change.
The Confrontation has taken place and what we all hope for is a bloodless
transition at worst. People in Iran count on the support of the Iranian
Diaspora be it moral or active through Demonstrations of Support as
was the case in LA or other cities in the US and the World .
I believe that
as Iranians outside we have to show our full and unconditional support
to the Iranian Freedom Fighters back home. History does not sit and
wait for other occasions. No one can today predict the aftermath of this
or Counter Revolution call it as you wish.
What has been planted I believe
in the minds of supporters of a would be Restoration of a Monarchy
or a Republican Secular State is that in both cases a clear sepration
the State and Church has to be defined and that an unambiguous Democracy
and Democratic Institutions must be established and Respected.
and Role of the Crown Prince today is to lead all democratic forces
towards the downfall of this unpopular Regime. He can serve to fill in
gap of leadership vaccuum that will certainly appear at the downfall
of the regime. A Leadership that could come to an end once the conditions
of a National Referandum under International Supervision can be achieved.
Status of the Crown Prince from what I have understood through his
statements either as a Constitutional King or simple Citizen will
on the Result of the Referandum.
We are very far from this scenario, what is certain is that the current
regime in Iran will do anything to stay in power and vigilence is important.
All I can hope for is that indeed we shall all see the end of this
regime that hurt and destroyed so many dreams and so many families be
Monarchists or of any other faith or opinion and that Democracy will
finally be established in our Country.
* Khamenei irrelevant usurper
As of today, as one of the voices of conscience of the Iranian people,
I declare Ali Khamenei to be irrelevant and a usurper ["Boiling
From this moment forward any dictates, orders, commands or other utterances
the mouth of the "enemy of the freedom-loving people of Iran" should
be disregarded and ignored.
Khamenei himself will be relegated to the
annals of history as an incompetent dictator stuck up in his own egotism
and caught in a time warp at odds with the will of the Iranian people
and nation. Iran's true leaders will be elected through free elections
at the polls, and will respect the rights and demands of those who elect
Branding students and civilians demonstrating for their God-given
rights as "mercenaries of the enemy" is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE
* How do you spell disgust?
Humm! An "Axis
of stability" consisting of "democratic" Turkey, "democratic" Israel,
and "democratic" Iran !!!
Either Mr. Shahriar Zangeneh is smoking something really really really
really really potent, or he is being somehow paid by, Sharon, G.W. Bush,
or some other "neo-conservative" racist war criminal. I am
sure the devil is eagerly asking Mr. Zangeneh for the price of his "soul."
Does Mr. Zangeneh wish for a nice job (as a highly paid political prostitute)
in the "democratic" cabinet of Mr. Rob Sobhani--under the no
doubt "constitutional" and free-of-slavery rule of "his
Majesty" Mr. Reza Pahlavi II, whose "defense" minister
would no doubt be Mr. Masud Rajavi?
How about if we call this the ULTIMATE CLUB OF "DEMOCRATIC" TRAITORS?!
1001 shame on sell-out selfish opportunism, in the name of loving Iran!
How do you spell disgust?
* Iranian Shia Muslims are "pro-death"
The photo essay "Boiling
over" is concrete evidence that Iranians are
not yet ready for democracy. 25 years ago Iranian Shia Muslims chanted "Death
to the Shah". Today Iranian Shia Muslims chant "Death to Ayatollah
Khamenei". What has changed in their feelings towards their leaders? Nothing.
Iranian Shia Muslims are "pro-death". During the leadership
of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi Iranian students were given scholarships to go to
foreign colleges to study. How did they thank the Shah. They returned to
Iran and started
The students of the late 70's took over the US embassy and took
hostages. For 444 days every Iranian immigrant in the world was seen as
a terrorist and
a hostage taker. Today the students are now taking to the streets of their
capital, Tehran. They are burning the streets of their capital. They are
calling for the
death of their leader.
It is well known that the vigilantes are barbarians
but must protesters also become violent and destroy their homeland? Why
do this? All news reports write that it was due to parliments idea of
privitizing the public colleges. A college education is not a right it
is a privilege.
The majority of the students attending public colleges
in Tehran are sons of Ayatollahs
and religious individuals. It seems nothing has changed in 25 years.
Most Iranian Shia Muslims are still freeloaders looking for free lunch.
be ashamed of yourselves. I am ashamed of you.
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