I will watch his every move
Reza Pahlavi must throw away the old and start afresh
By Mehdi Amini
January 22, 2002
In the last month or so, I've been following the debates on Iranian.com
concerning Reza Pahlavi and the return of monarchy to Iran and I have come
to the following conclusion. We Iranians are bunch of NAMAK NASHNAS people.
Have we forgotten what great deeds his father did for us while ruling
Iran? Did we forget all the lavish parties we attended? Or maybe you didn't
receive your invitations. (Blame it on the mail). Don't you remember the
millions he spent in organizing the 2,500-year anniversary of the Persian
Empire to show the world how classy people we are?
Yeah I know about the people in HALABI Abad, the impoverished section
in south Tehran, but that's beside the point. Don't you remember those damn
foreigners who arrested his sister and tried to humiliate her involvement
in drug trafficking? It's all a conspiracy.
Don't you remember how he tried to save you from becoming wasted with
all those nonsense books that you couldn't read? He was doing you a favor
by banning some bad books and publications. It was for your own sake that
his government was using torture and sending people to jail.
Don't you remember when he was leaving the country, he lay on his knees
to pick up a handful of Iranian soil? Didn't it tell you how much he loved
his country? After all he deserved the millions he took with him. It was
his salary. And it isn't Reza's fault he lost it? Again blame it on foreign
conspiracies and those very bad bad people around him.
Come now you people. If the Shah had spent the oil money wisely on educating
the people and not wasting it the on lavish lifestyle of the royal family,
maybe the people could have been wise enough not to be fooled by Khomeini
and not see his face on the moon.
If the Shah had given freedom and not banned any political parties, maybe
the people would not have talked about a revolution. If he had not hauled
you away for reading an unauthorized book, maybe we wouldn't have had to
sit here and write in iranian.com. And this site would have been in Iran.
I saw Reza Pahlavi's interview with Barbara Walters and I was very impressed.
I have to congratulate him. He talked very well. He talked about the fact
that he does not care if he has any role in the future government and whatever
people want, it shall be.
But talking is not enough. You have to be genuine. Don't we remember
the nice things Khomeini said when he was in Paris? He said he would go
to Qom and be a religious figure and stay out of government.
I truly believe in the saying that power brings corruption. First
and foremost, I believe that if you want to show people that you really
mean what you say, you have to distance yourself from the past. Be like
the common man. Take a job and find out what it means to work to survive.
If he wants a new beginning, criticizing some of his father's actions
is not enough. You have to throw away the old and start afresh. Just being
the son of a king does not give you special privileges.
When Reza Pahlavi denies having money and relies solely on the help of
the people, it is a lie. We all read the papers a few years back when he
had sued this guy for allegedly plundering his fortune through bad investments.
That fortune was / is not his money.
I could give him a chance. Not as a leader but as a person concerned
about the future of Iran; as a commoner. Not a king. I will watch his every
move and criticize when I disagree with him. I will not be like the old